As the weather improves throughout Massachusetts and New England and the summer begins, pedestrian safety becomes increasingly important. With an increase in foot traffic in Boston and elsewhere during the summer months, it is important for pedestrians to keep safe walking habits in mind and protect themselves by following best practices whenever possible.

Pedestrian Walk SignStaying Safe as a Pedestrian

Pedestrians should be aware of the following this summer:

  • Always be aware of any vehicles, including bikes, motorcycles, and cars.
  • Follow the rules of the road by obeying signs and signals.
  • Only cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
  • At crosswalks and intersections, look for cars coming from all directions.
  • If walking with children, ensure they are aware of all pedestrian rules and the importance of following such rules.
  • Avoid distractions which may decrease awareness of surroundings, such as walking and texting.
  • Pay attention to any emergency vehicles.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting parking garages, lots, or driveways.
  • Don’t assume that a car sees you.
  • If walking at night, make sure to bring a flashlight or wear reflective clothing to increase visibility. Additionally, try to wait to cross the street until a well-lit intersection is available.

What do I do if I’m a Pedestrian Injured in an Accident?

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can happen even when all precautions are taken. Often, pedestrian accidents are the result of a driver’s negligence in causing an accident. In 2023, one in every five fatal motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts involved a pedestrian getting hit by a car. Just as precautions are important, it is also important for the pedestrian to protect themselves in the event an accident does occur, by remembering to do the following:

  • Seek any necessary immediate medical assistance or see a doctor after the accident to ensure that any injuries sustained are properly diagnosed and treated.
  • Get the contact and insurance information from all drivers involved in the accident, as well as the contact information of any pedestrians who witnessed the accident.
  • If possible, take pictures of the scene, such as the cars involved, injuries sustained, and the surrounding area.

Walking is a healthy form of transportation and exercise enjoyed by many, particularly in the warmer months. In following safe practices, pedestrians are free to continue taking pleasure in walking while protecting themselves from harm.

SUGARMAN’s attorneys have extensive experience litigating motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians who have been injured. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian and you need the guidance of an attorney, contact us by calling (617) 542-1000, emailing info@sugarman.comor filling out our Contact Form.