Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable people on our roadways. Because
there’s little to protect them from passenger or commercial vehicles,
pedestrian accidents often result in fatalities and
catastrophic injuries. Because of these risks, it is important for motorists and pedestrians
alike to do their part in being vigilant and safely sharing the road.
Driver error, inattention, and negligence are leading causes of car accidents.
As a pedestrian, it’s important to do all you can to protect yourself
and your loved ones when walking the streets, navigating crosswalks, and
at any time motor vehicles are nearby.
Below are five tips to help pedestrians avoid accidents:
Remain Visible – Visibility is the most important factor in pedestrian safety.
During the day, pedestrians, joggers, and others traveling by foot or
bike can wear light or bright clothing. At night, reflective clothing
or materials can help drivers notice where you are. Carrying a flashlight
will also increase visibility.
If Possible, Make Eye Contact with Drivers – If you are about to enter a crosswalk, make eye contact with drivers
before you move into the street. Making eye contact is a simple way to
communicate with drivers so they understand your intention to cross.
Use Sidewalks – If you are a pedestrian, it is imperative to walk on sidewalks and in marked
cross walks when possible. These are the places that motorists expect
to see pedestrians. By remaining within motorists expectations, pedestrians
can increase the likelihood of being seen by drivers.
Use Crosswalks – Designated crosswalks are designed to increase safety, so it is important
for pedestrians to use them and to use signals appropriately. J-walking,
crossing too early, and entering the street from between parked vehicles,
for example, will catch drivers off guard and increase the likelihood
of a collision. Most pedestrian accidents occur at intersections, so it
is very important to be vigilant when crossing.
Don't Text and Walk – Distraction is a serious threat to pedestrian safety, and it can affect
both drivers and pedestrians. Being distracted and text messaging while
walking put pedestrians at risk. If a pedestrian is not alert, they significantly
diminish their ability to spot potential dangers. Always stay alert while
walking, especially in crosswalks.
According to the CDC, 445 people are treated in emergency rooms for pedestrian-related
accidents every day. On average, one pedestrian is killed in a traffic
accident every two hours. As a pedestrian, it is extremely important understand
the risks involved when traveling on foot or even while
bicycling – it could very well save your life.
If you or someone close to you, was injured in a pedestrian accident, speak
with an award-winning Clearwater personal injury attorney from Roman &
Gaynor today. Our lawyers are prepared to review your case and provide
you with information about your legal rights.
Contact us today for a FREE consultation.