Whether you’re walking to work or school, exploring the streets of a new city, or simply out for a pleasurable stroll, keep pedestrian safety in mind at all times. While rules exist to protect pedestrians, not all motorists follow them. Pedestrians should always follow the rules of the road and keep safety tips in mind.
Use Crosswalks and Sidewalks
Pedestrians should always use crosswalks when available. Drivers are more likely to be looking for walkers in these areas. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they are paying attention. Look for cars making turns whenever crossing in a crosswalk.
Avoid Walking in a Vehicle’s Blind Spot
Pedestrians should be especially careful when walking behind larger vehicles such as buses or semis, although passenger cars do have blind spots. Commercial vehicle drivers have a much more difficult time noticing a person behind them. It’s especially important to avoid walking behind vehicles when they are backing up.
Obey Traffic Signals
Crossing against a signal can be dangerous, even if it appears no vehicles are around. Just as motorists are required to obey traffic laws, so are pedestrians. It’s also important to never assume a vehicle will stop or yield, so look carefully before crossing.
Avoid Walking when Impaired
A night out on the town can be a lot of fun. But just as someone’s driving ability is diminished, the same impaired judgment can affect someone who is walking. A failure to pay attention or taking chances could result in getting struck by a vehicle.
Don’t Walk while Distracted
Distracted driving has gotten a lot of attention lately and for good reason. Distracted walking is just as dangerous for walkers, joggers, or others on foot as it is for drivers and pedestrians would do well to avoid distractions. Listening to music, texting, or even talking on a phone can prevent a pedestrian from seeing or hearing an approaching car.
If you’re struck by a negligent motorist while walking, talk to an attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates about filing a personal injury claim. Call us: 800-246-4878.