Pedestrian Safety Tips

April 19, 2021 Posted In Car Accidents

Walking is excellent for the environment and your health, but there are important safety guidelines to pay attention to. The core of pedestrian safety falls into three categories; always stay visible, alert, and eliminate distractions. The following safety tips for pedestrians and motorists can help minimize the risk of an accident and better protect everyone on the road.

For Pedestrians

Visibility 

Make sure you are seen. Try to wear clothing that makes you visible. When walking at night, have a flashlight or wear brightly colored clothing. If you don’t have bright clothing, you can use brightly colored tape to add visibility stripes to your jacket sleeves or on the sides of your pants. Another way you can decrease the risk of an accident is by making eye contact with drivers before crossing to ensure that they know you’re there. 

Walk on the Sidewalk

Walk on the sidewalk whenever they are provided. If you must walk on the edge of the road, do so on the side that is facing traffic. 

No Phones

If possible, try not to use your smartphone when you’re walking so you can pay attention to your surroundings. Using a phone while walking can put you at greater risk of being hit, and it is critical to stay alert. Drivers can be easily distracted behind the wheel, and they might not notice you until it’s too late. 

Stay Sober 

Walking around while drunk or otherwise impaired can put you at risk. When you’re out and about, it’s crucial to stay aware and clear-minded.

Don’t Jaywalk

Avoid jaywalking as this can be dangerous and may result in a citation. Cross the street at traffic lights or crosswalks whenever possible, paying close attention to drivers. Don’t assume that motorists will stop. Some might make illegal movements, while others might not always let pedestrians go first. If there is no crosswalk, cross in a well-lit area and wait for a gap in traffic large enough that you can easily make it across the street without needing to slow down traffic. 

Always Supervise Children

Adults should always supervise children when crossing streets. Smaller children can be difficult for drivers to see and may not be able to judge whether it is safe to cross a street.

For Drivers

Drivers can prevent a pedestrian accident by keeping the following tips in mind:

  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. 
  • Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Use extra caution around crosswalks.
  • Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Don’t assume that people are crossing when the car ahead of you stops. 
  • Follow the posted speed limits. 
  • Observe school crossing signs and school bus rules.
  • Slow down in pedestrian areas and give yourself plenty of time to stop. 

Motorists need to be vigilant of pedestrians, and pedestrians must be vigilant of motorists. Although drivers have more responsibility under the law when operating a vehicle, pedestrians have more at stake.

Speak to an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney

For help with the aftermath of a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact Hanson & Mouri. With over two decades of experience, our Riverside Pedestrian Accident Attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call (951) 688-0006 for your free consultation today. 

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