When you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it’s important that you know your rights and responsibilities, to help bring justice for your suffering and compensation to your pain. The team of personal injury professionals at Murphy & Pressentin can help you recover monetary compensation for the losses to you and your family. We also bring you the following pedestrian safety tips to help you avoid future pedestrian disasters.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TIPS
The carnage from pedestrian accidents has been on the rise. In 2013, there were 4,735 crash-related pedestrian fatalities and 150,000 significant injuries.
Here are 5 very basic defensive pedestrian safety tips which should be followed by anyone crossing our roads and byways. If you discipline yourself to follow these rules each time you cross a road, you will become a safer pedestrian and reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. The key is self-discipline, as anytime you violate one of these rules you are putting yourself and your family at risk.
1. BE SMART AND ALERT: AVOID DANGEROUS BEHAVIORS
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no Sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Use marked crosswalks where available.
- Don’t assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, not your cell
- phone! Watch out for traffic the entire time you’re in the crosswalk.
- Do not cross in the middle of the street or between parked cars. Drivers are not expecting pedestrians to cross mid-block and your odds of being hit go upif you do this.
- Do not take “NO RIGHT TURN ON RED” signs for granted, always check forturning vehicles before stepping off the curb.
- Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.
- Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night, and carry a flashlight.
- Always hold your child’s hand and never allow a child under 10 to cross the street alone
2. BE CAREFUL AT CROSSINGS: LOOK BEFORE YOU STEP
- Stop at the curb and look left, right and left again before you step into the street.
- Be sure to evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic beforeyou step into the street to ensure that a vehicle has adequate distance in which to stop safely.
- At intersections, always scan over your shoulder for turning vehicles. Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of it – making sure that the driver knows you are there. This is also important for cars that are backing up.
- Always look for signs that a car is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning), and never walk behind a vehicle that is backing up.
- Children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walknear traffic. Kids are small, unpredictable, and cannot judge vehicle distancesand speed.
- Never run or dash into the street.
- In rain or snow, allow extra time and distance for a vehicle to stop. Do not let inclement weather block your view of approaching traffic.
- If your view of approaching traffic is blocked by something, move to where you can see.