Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
What can drivers do to prevent ever having to meet up with a Vancouver pedestrian accident attorney in court?
Here are three important safety habits to cultivate:
1. Yield to pedestrians.
Surveys suggest that failure to yield the right of way is a major cause of pedestrian crashes in and around Vancouver. Yes, even if a pedestrian is jaywalking, you should give up that right of way. The legal onus can still be on you, even if the pedestrian broke the law.
2. Avoid speeding—particularly through intersections.
The faster you go, the less time you will have to react to unforeseen events, such as a pedestrian trying to hurry across the intersection when a crosswalk is turning red.
Drivers are particularly at risk for speeding through intersections that have visible crosswalk countdown mechanisms. If you see a crosswalk with a countdown, resist the urge to speed through the intersection before the countdown finishes. Play it safe.
3. Avoid distractions.
Every educated driver these days knows to avoid texting behind the wheel.
However, even minor distractions, such as an overly chatty passenger, loud music, or even daydreaming can have detrimental effects on your driving. Keep your eyes and mind on the road. You will greatly reduce the likelihood of causing a serious pedestrian crash.
If you were involved in a recent accident, a Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyer at McComb Witten can help you understand your rights. Call us now at 604-255-9018 to arrange for a free consultation. In addition, be sure to check out our free report entitled, Pedestrian Safety Manual – Don’t Cross the Street Until You’ve Read This Report!
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