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How to Prevent South Dakota Pedestrian Accidents


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6/17/2011
Zimmer, Duncan & Cole
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A pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every eight minutes in the United States. Nearly 60,000 people are injured around the country each year in pedestrian crashes and nearly 5,000 are killed.

 

The numbers speak loud and clear: South Dakota pedestrian accidents are both common and dangerous. Negligent drivers who are speeding or not paying attention can seriously injure or even kill you or a loved one in the blink of an eye.

 

When walking on the streets of Sioux Falls or Parker, or any part of our great state, it is important that you follow these tips to stay as safe as possible:

 

  • Be a legal pedestrian: Follow all rules and obey all traffic signs and signals. Don't jaywalk.

 

  • Look both ways: This may seem simple, but the majority of pedestrian accidents happen in multi-directional intersections.

 

  • Be aware of your surroundings: Most pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers, but holes, bumps, and poorly kept roads are also dangerous.

 

  • Don't assume drivers are paying full attention: Use caution when entering any road, even if you have the right of way.

 

  • Go the safest route: Avoid busy intersections, and always use underpasses or overpasses when available.

 

If even these tips do not keep you and your family safe and you are injured by a vehicle in a pedestrian accident, then we urge you to examine the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver to earn compensation for your medical bills and more.

 

To learn more about your legal rights in these cases, contact the South Dakota personal injury lawyers of Zimmer, Duncan & Cole as soon as possible. You can call us toll free at (888) 733-2992, or fill out the form on this page to schedule a free consultation.



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