We all spend time as pedestrians, which makes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s pedestrian fatality statistics particularly alarming. In 2018, a total of 6,283 pedestrians lost their lives to traffic accidents. Everyone on and off the road has a responsibility to help this number go down in the future, which is why Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates has a set of pedestrian safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians.
Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Remember that safety is your responsibility, too. Use extra caution around crosswalks and in moments of darkness or bad weather when it is hard to see. Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, giving yourself plenty of time to slow down or stop and stopping far enough back that other vehicles can see crossing pedestrians. If you see another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk, do not pass and assume that people are crossing in front of them.
Follow the speed limit at all times, and slow down even more in school zones and neighborhoods where children are present. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and always check your surroundings carefully before backing up, being aware that pedestrians may move into your path.
The key to walking safely is walking predictably. Follow the rules of the road and obey all traffic signs and signals. Walk on the sidewalk when you can and face traffic and walk as far from cars as possible when sidewalks are unavailable. Keep your eyes and ears on the road at all times, and cross at crosswalks, cross streets, and intersections if possible. Always look left, right, then left again before crossing the street, and make sure you have a clear view of all cars, including those that may be turning, backing up, or exiting driveways. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows you to cross safely and keep an eye out for cars as you cross. Never assume a driver can see you or that they will stop.
Take extra care to make yourself visible by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night. If you walk at night, carry a flashlight, as well. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking, as any impairment could put you in a dangerous situation.
Reacting to Pedestrian Accidents
If you witness a pedestrian accident, use the stop, call, and stay system to get help:
- Stop and look both ways before rushing into the street to help
- Call 911 when you have reached the injured party, and
- Stay with them until help arrives.
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, you will likely depend on others, whether they be drivers or bystanders, to call for help. Once you receive the medical care you need, try to get a copy of the police report and all the information you can gather about the crash.
For help with the aftermath of a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to call our attorneys. With over 70 years of combined legal experience, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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