Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles climbed nearly 40% in Spokane in 2023. Excessive speed and distracted driving are among the most common causes for these accidents. In addition to driver’s slowing down and paying attention, there are plenty of things both drivers and pedestrians can do to help keep everyone safe.

Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists and keep an eye on them if they’re nearby. Distracted driving – checking a text message, eating or even changing a radio station – can take your attention away from the roadway just long enough for a child to step off the curb or a cyclist to swerve into your lane of travel. Drivers should consider turning their cell phones completely off or using Do Not Disturb While Driving functions to help them stay focused on the roadway.

Pedestrians and bicyclists can also contribute to their own safety. Bright clothing, flashlights or other forms of illumination can help drivers see pedestrians and bicyclists in low light situations. Pedestrians should use sidewalks, when available, or walk on the left edge of the roadway so they can face oncoming motor vehicles and hop out of the way, if a driver fails to yield.

Some pedestrians behave like a crosswalk is a magic forcefield that protects them from being struck by vehicles. Trying to cross multi-lane streets can be especially dangerous when only one lane of traffic stops. While drivers should yield in these situations, pedestrians still have a responsibility to try to cross the street only after all traffic has stopped or cleared.

Each of us can help reduce the frequency and the severity of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a motor vehicle in a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, then contact Cooney Law Offices. We can help!