Protecting Yourself from a Pedestrian Accident at Night

That evening, you didn’t get home until after 9 p.m. However, as soon as you walked through the door, your daughter, dressed in her usual gothic mourning attire and looking like an ink blot, frantically asked you if the two of you could go for a walk—she’s been having “issues” at school and needs to talk. So, you threw your bags down, grabbed your leather jacket, and both of you headed out into the night.

She began telling you her problems while slowly walking backward down the sidewalk. As you approached the intersection and she back-stepped into the crosswalk, high beams suddenly came out of nowhere, careening straight toward her. You grabbed her arm and pulled her back onto the curb just in time. The car whizzed by (without even slowing down), apparently completely oblivious that your daughter nor you were even there.

One of the worst issues that drivers have at night is visibility; this is, coincidentally also one of the biggest problems that cause nighttime pedestrian accidents as well. Poor weather, darkened streets, and bad night vision can make you virtually invisible to a driver going 30 mph. If you’re wearing a black jacket or dark clothes, you might as well be a camouflaged ghost-ninja; drivers won’t have a prayer of seeing you until it is too late. This is why, if you choose to take a walk before or after daylight hours, you need to take extra precautions to make yourself visible to potential traffic.

Must-Haves for the Nighttime Walker

  • Light colored or reflective clothing: something that will catch the eye of a driver
  • Flashlight, pen light, glow stick, headlamp, or any other light-emitting device. Drivers will be less likely to mistake you for an animal or inanimate object if they see a moving light
  • A walking buddy. Not only will a friend provide a second pair of eyes to help identify potential risks, but animated movements and noise resulting from a conversation can help alert motorists of your presence

Drivers have enough problems at night, especially when drowsy, distracted, or in a hurry to get home, without having to worry about something they can’t even see. Make sure you’re taking the proper precautions to be actively visible in order to avoid a fatal accident, even when those precautions may not be the most flattering (e.g., glow sticks or a headlamp).

Already been injured and need advice about your pedestrian injury claim? Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to discuss your options, as well as show you how our experience and hard work can help you and your family be seen, heard, and compensated for the injuries you sustained.