Up here in the southeast Michigan area we have been graced with a few glimpses of warm weather, a nice reminder that spring is nearly here. As the weather continues to warm up, we will notice an increase of pedestrians on the road.
Whether they are joggers, walkers, or children on their way to or heading home from school, warmer weather means more people on the sidewalks, crosswalks, and along the side of the road. It is important to be mindful that drivers are less aware of people on the roads, which they might have taken for granted over the winter months when the sides of roads are loaded with snow, not people.
It should go without saying, but an accident involving a car and pedestrian usually does not end well for the pedestrian. Unfortunately, there are many factors and many reasons why a driver may put a pedestrian at risk. Distracted driving is now considered nearly an epidemic in the United States. The popularity and use of smart phones only adds to the potential of a dangerous and potentially catastrophic injury for those on the roads. While we used to only have texting and driving, now we have streaming videos such as Facetime and Snapchat and various other methods for drivers, especially teenagers, to cause hazards on the roads.
The last thing you expect to happen to you if you go out for a casual walk is to become a victim of a pedestrian accident. But accidents happen every day, and you never know when you could be next. As cautious and smart as you may be on the roads, the same cannot always be said for the person next to you, which could lead to become an unfortunate victim.