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Staying safe as a pedestrian

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable road users, especially when navigating busy streets and intersections. Unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians result in many injuries and deaths each year.

Pedestrians and drivers should take a close look at road safety and measures to prevent accidents.

Safety tips

To stay safe as a pedestrian near roads, it is important to be vigilant and follow safety precautions. Using designated crosswalks when crossing the street is key for pedestrian safety. Wait for the pedestrian signal to indicate when it is safe to walk, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing to ensure they see you. Avoid distractions like texting or listening to music while walking near roads, as this can impair your awareness of oncoming traffic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing bright or reflective clothing while walking at night can increase your visibility to drivers. It is important to be predictable in your movements and follow traffic rules to reduce the risk of accidents.

Children, pets and pedestrian accidents

When walking with children or pets, hold their hands or keep them on a leash to prevent them from darting into the street unexpectedly. Teach children road safety rules, such as looking both ways before crossing and waiting for the signal to walk. By instilling good pedestrian habits in children from a young age, you can help them stay safe near roads.

Remember that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between pedestrians and drivers, and staying alert and visible is key to preventing accidents and injuries.