Safety Tips for Walkers
Author: Tobias, McCormick & Comer
Published on: October 31, 2019How Walkable is Your Neighborhood?
Unfortunately, accidents happen and the statistics for pedestrian fatalities are high: 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2018. Whether you are out for a neighborhood stroll, or navigating a crowded city street, it is a good idea to remain alert of your surroundings and be watchful for traffic.
Educating yourself to the rules of the road is key to protecting yourself from a pedestrian-related accident. There are many things that both pedestrians and drivers should do to ensure safe experiences while sharing the roadways.
Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by adhering to this set of safety tips that were published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for pedestrians and drivers.Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Be sure to adhere to all rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Use sidewalks whenever they are available.
- Walk facing traffic and stay as far from traffic as possible.
- Be alert to your surroundings. Electronic devices can take your eyes, ears and brain off the road.
- Utilize crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- Ensure you have enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers and even wait for drivers to signal you across.
- Make sure you are visible to drivers. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
- When navigating in parking lots and neighborhoods, watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
- 10. Avoid using alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and can minimize your judgment on distances.
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
- Use extra caution when driving in at nighttime or bad weather when it may be harder to see pedestrians.
- Be extra careful around crosswalks; slow down and be prepared to stop.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. You may not be able to see pedestrians that are crossing.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Be mindful that some over the counter and prescription medications can cause drowsiness, inhibit awareness and judgement, and impair your ability to drive safely.
- Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
- Remember that small children are very active and can be impulsive so take extra care and adhere to speed limits when driving through busy neighborhoods or school zone areas.
- Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.
- Limit distractions while driving; talking to passengers, cell phone use, eating, etc. can take your attention away from the task of driving.
Talk to your children about these pedestrian safety habits and reinforce these habits. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person in a pedestrian-related traffic crash, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of Tobias, McCormick & Comer.