2020 was a significantly safer year to be a pedestrian in Edmonton. Recent statistics from the City of Edmonton show continued trends of decreasing accidents, serious injuries, and fatalities. However, with Alberta returning to normal after the pandemic, Edmonton roads are set to become busier with commuters and other traffic. As pedestrians, we all need to exercise additional caution to avoid accidents and serious injury.
Read on to learn more about things pedestrians can do to avoid accidents. Additionally, you’ll find information about what to do if you’re involved in a pedestrian accident, as well as how James H. Brown and Associates’ experienced legal team can help you attain complete and fair compensation for your injuries.
- Use marked crosswalks and controlled signals. Marked crosswalks and controlled signals exist to alert drivers of potential pedestrians. Since drivers (should) know to look out for you, they’re always the safest place to cross.
- Be visible. Especially at nighttime or when visibility is poor, it’s essential to take precautions to ensure drivers can see you. Wearing bright clothing, using the “crossing signal” (one hand in front of you in the direction you intend to cross), and crossing in places with good visibility can help prevent accidents.
- Be mindful of weather and road conditions. Although it’s more of an issue in winter months, Edmonton roads can be treacherous year-round, especially in residential and other low-traffic areas. While drivers are ultimately responsible for safely stopping for pedestrians, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of potential hazards that may affect their stopping distance.
- Just because drivers should be looking out for pedestrians doesn’t mean they are. Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents are caused by a driver’s failure to notice pedestrians. 47.3% of Alberta drivers involved in fatal collisions failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. No matter where you are, stay aware and only cross when it is safe to do so.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
- Seek Medical Attention. Even if you can walk away from your accident with only “minor” injuries, it’s still essential to see a healthcare professional for a complete diagnosis. Your care provider will be thoroughly documenting your injuries in their records, which will be used later to evaluate your claim.
- Document All Expenses, Damages, and Changes. From lost days of work and out-of-pocket expenses to psychological trauma, it’s essential to keep track of any changes you experience after your accident. Every case is unique; the more documentation you provide, the stronger your case will be.
- Seek Legal Advice (BEFORE Talking to the Driver’s Insurance). As soon as the driver’s insurance finds out about the accident, they’ll likely contact you to obtain a statement. Never give a statement to an insurance company without speaking with an injury lawyer first. Many insurance companies will look for information in your statement they can use to minimize their payout. Instead, contact an injury lawyer immediately to obtain sound legal advice.
Pedestrian Accident Injury Law with James H. Brown and Associates
After you’ve been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, an experienced legal team to help you attain justice and secure the compensation you deserve.
Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates has proudly stood up for Albertans’ rights, helping them attain justice and fair compensation after serious injuries. Today, we offer a complete range of support and services for accident victims and their families, including:
- A team of experienced injury lawyers with a record of success in accident injury law.
- Complete investigation and evidence preservation services, including accident reconstruction.
- Strong relationships with organizations dedicated to long-term care and recovery.
- And much more!
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