Many Americans were working from home or staying at home in the past few months. Now that many cities and states are opening up again, people are returning to the streets and sidewalks. With more pedestrians and bicyclists coming back to the streets as well as motorists back on the road, the groups will have to relearn how to navigate sharing the road.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are more prone to serious injuries when involved in an accident because their bodies take the brunt of the force as opposed to passengers in a motor vehicle in an accident. If you’ve been involved in an accident where a motorist hit you on your bike or while walking, then you could have a personal injury claim against them. A lawyer from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris can help you get justice by recovering financially from your injuries while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
The Dangers of Reckless Driving
Drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic were found to drive more recklessly than before because there were fewer people on the road. But this has shown to lead to trouble for them as well as other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who might be on the road with them because those reckless actions have caused accidents to be on the rise.
Many people turn to biking, walking, and running to be active and make getting out of the house more productive. Even if there are fewer pedestrians on the sidewalk, the combination of reckless drivers and new bicyclists and other pedestrians can be deadly.
As cities and states begin to open back up and more cars get back on the roads, pedestrian and bicyclist accidents could rise even higher since drivers have been making more reckless decisions behind the wheel. With more cars on the road, drivers might get more frustrated, and take to being even more reckless, which could cause more accidents with pedestrians and bicyclists since they might not be as vigilant as they need to be.
How To Avoid Accidents with Pedestrians and Bicyclists
When you’re getting back on the road after spending less time behind the wheel, there are some things to consider so that you can maintain safety. You might be less on the lookout for other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, so you’ll need to remind yourself of how to avoid accidents with everyone else on the road.
Here are some ways to avoid accidents with pedestrians and bicyclists:
- Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road.
- Stay out of bike lanes.
- Fully stop at stop signs and red lights and look for people crossing or cyclists turning.
- Adhere to the speed limit.
- Look for crosswalks and slow down to check for pedestrians waiting to cross.
- Limit distractions like cell phones, the radio, and eating.
- Always drive sober.
- When passing a bicycle, leave plenty of space and do so carefully.
With some extra vigilance and caution, you can avoid accidents with pedestrians and bicyclists as we return to the roads. When accidents can’t be avoided, though, you could use the help of a lawyer from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris. Our experienced legal team knows how to build a case that will ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries caused by a negligent driver.
We Can Help You Financially Recover From Your Injuries
Accidents where a car strikes a pedestrian or bicyclist can cause serious injuries since the victims are more exposed and vulnerable than the driver protected by their car. When a negligent driver’s recklessness causes your accident and the subsequent injuries that you suffered, you deserve compensation for your damages.
At the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, we understand that you want to focus on your physical and emotional recovery, which is why our attorney will handle the financial part of your recovery for you. Our lawyer will work hard for you to get you justice. Contact us today so that we can get started on your case.