What Are the Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians? 

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If you want to go out for a walk or a jog, you expect to be able to do so safely. You do not expect to go walk in your city and then be hit by a car.

Unfortunately though, that is the reality for more and more pedestrians, as pedestrian versus car accidents are on the rise. If you have been hurt in a car accident that was not your fault, Parnall Law Firm is here to help.

If you go out frequently to walk or job, you may be wondering which cities are the most dangerous for pedestrians, why some cities are more dangerous, and what you can do to protect yourself when you go out to walk or run.

Read on to learn more about the most dangerous cities, what you can do to keep yourself safe and what happens if you are struck by a vehicle.

What Are the Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians? 

There is always some risk that pedestrians and runners face when they are on the street. The greatest risk pedestrians and joggers face is when they are crossing the street.

However, while there is always a small risk, some cities tend to be more dangerous than others.

Recent studies have shown that the most dangerous cities for pedestrians are scattered throughout the state of Florida.

Miami, Tampa, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Sarasota, Palm Bay, Daytona Beach and Orlando all routinely top the lists of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians.

Other cities that routinely make the list include Bakersfield, California, Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis, Tennessee, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan.

Why Are Some Cities More Dangerous Than Others for Pedestrians? 

When you hear that some cities are more dangerous than other cities for pedestrians, you may initially think that the problem lies with drivers in the area.

But that is not always the case. There are a number of reasons why some cities may be more dangerous for pedestrians.

One of the reasons why some cities may be more dangerous than others is because they may not have enough crosswalks, which forces pedestrians to cross in non-marked areas, or they may not provide enough time for pedestrians to cross the street safely in their crosswalks.

Some cities may not have lighted crosswalks, which makes it hard for drivers to see when a pedestrian may be in those crosswalks at night or the city may not paint crosswalks regularly, making them hard to see.

Some cities may also have larger populations crossing the street on dangerous roads or high-speed roads, both of which can increase pedestrian-related accidents.

How Can You Protect Yourself as a Pedestrian? 

If you like to go walking or jogging in your community, you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself as a pedestrian from pedestrian versus car accidents.

One of the best things you can do is to help yourself stand out to drivers. This may include wearing bright colors, wearing a reflective vest and/or using a flashlight or light after dark.

Crossing streets in marked crosswalks only when it is your turn to do so can also help you to stay safe. Pay attention to crosswalk timers, and do not attempt to cross the road if you will not have enough time to make it to the other side.

Finally, although pedestrians have the right of way, you should always assume that drivers do not see you.

If you are crossing the street, try to make eye contact with a driver to ensure they see you or pause for a second to ensure they stop before stepping out in the street.

What Should You Do If You Are Hit by a Vehicle as a Pedestrian? 

If you are hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, there are several things that you want to do. First off, try to obtain a police report and obtain contact information for any and all witnesses who saw the accident happen.

It is also important to seek out medical attention quickly. Once you have sought out medical attention, consider talking to a personal injury attorney.

You may be able to recover money for your lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. It is advised that you talk to an attorney early on, as an attorney can help obtain evidence, such as video evidence and information from witnesses, that may disappear as time goes on.

It is important to note that in most states, even if you have some fault in the accident, you may still be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.

For example, if you were jaywalking and were hit, you may still be able to file a lawsuit if the other party also had some responsibility for the accident, such as speeding.

A lawyer can help to determine who was at fault and if you have a compensable case.

If you or a loved one have been hit by a car, motorcycle or even a bicyclist while you were out walking or running, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Hiring a Buffalo personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident can help you to recover the maximum amount of money possible.

Here at Feroleto Law, we offer free consultations and would love to discuss a potential case with you. Call us today to get started.