On most days, each and every person is a pedestrian at some point. Unfortunately, the pedestrian fatality rate in the United States is rather high. Pedestrian accidents in Anchorage claim the lives of a number of people per year and injure many others. In 2018, there was a roughly 3% increase in the number of pedestrian-related fatalities that took place in the United States. This was equal to about 6,283 deaths that took place due to pedestrian crashes that year, which is the highest number of fatalities since 1990.
Being involved and injured in a traffic accident in Anchorage can be a very draining and painful experience. According to information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian lost their life approximately once every 88 minutes in 2017 in the United States. The following tips may help you and your loved ones stay safe while traveling by foot in Anchorage.
- Obey traffic signs, signals, and always follow the rules of the road at all costs.
- Utilize sidewalks whenever possible.
- If you must walk in the road, walk facing traffic and as far away from speeding cars as possible.
- Remember to stay alert at all times. Do not allow yourself to become distracted by your cell phone or another person, or anything else for that matter.
- When you need to cross the street, always use crosswalks. If no crosswalk is present, utilize an intersection where pedestrians would be expected to cross. It is easier for drivers to notice pedestrians when they utilize areas designated for pedestrian travel.
- Never assume that someone driving a car will see you. Try to make eye contact with the drivers who are allowing you to cross the street so they know you’re there.
- Stay visible by wearing bright clothing when traveling on foot, especially at night. You can also use a flashlight at night to ensure that drivers can see you on the side of the road.
- Stay sober while walking. Drugs and alcohol can impair your judgment and slow your reaction times, heightening your risk of being hit by a vehicle.
- Keep an eye out for cars exiting or entering driveways or who may be backing up.
A personal injury lawyer in Anchorage will be able to help you recover financial compensation for your injuries and incurred losses in the event that you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in Anchorage. Attempting to collect compensation from an insurance company on your own can be difficult and stressful, not to mention confusing. For this reason, hiring an Anchorage personal injury lawyer may save you a headache as well as help you get back on the right track after your collision.
Financial compensation in an Anchorage traffic crash can be awarded for damages such as pain and suffering, outstanding medical bills, mental health evaluations/bills, funeral costs, and more. Contact the Law Office of Jason Skala today in order to be connected with a reputable traffic accident attorney in Anchorage.
Our attorneys have been protecting the rights of injured traffic accident victims and their families for over a decade in Anchorage. In the event that you or a loved one has sustained injuries in an accident, call the Law Office of Jason Skala at 907-569-6633 to learn about how you may be able to collect financial compensation for your losses.
Notes: This accident news post was created with the use of outside and secondary sources including but not limited to news stories, local and state police department accident blotters, newspaper articles, as well as eyewitness statements about serious accidents in Alaska. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by our writers at The Law Office of Jason Skala therefore if you find any information that is incorrect, please notify us immediately so that we can make the correction right away. If you would like the post removed, contact us and we will promptly remove it.
Disclaimers: The Law Office of Jason Skala created this post to draw attention to the dangers of driving and flying in Alaska. We hope that by creating awareness about the dangers associated with both that our fellow community members will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle or aircraft and avoid being seriously injured in an Alaskan accident. We do not write these posts to solicit business and the information provided in this post should not be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. This photo used in this post is not from the actual accident scene.