Walk This Way: Safety Tips to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
Walking is one of the best ways to get from point A to point B. In addition to helping you get some exercise, it also allows you to enjoy the world around you, instead of being confined in a car or stuck in traffic. However, walking has its risks—like everything else in life—and these risks can come from careless drivers, congested traffic, and even your own mistakes. Following a few simple safety tips could help you avoid a tragic pedestrian accident:
Visibility and Awareness
- Pay attention to the world around you. Do not just expect cars to yield to you because you have the right of way.
- Wear bright reflective colors—especially at night. Remember, just because you can see a vehicle, does not mean the driver can see you.
- When listening to an iPod or some other electronic device, only wear one ear bud. That way, you will be able to hear the traffic and possible dangers around you.
Pedestrian Rules and Movement
- Cross at designated crosswalks and pay attention to the sound of your mother’s voice in your head—look both ways.
- When crossing at a crosswalk, adjust your walking speed accordingly. When the light is flashing red, traffic will soon be getting the green light. Do not linger in the crosswalk or attempt to beat the light. Cars may not see you.
- Make sure traffic has stopped completely before you cross.
- Do not walk in the street if you can avoid it. If no sidewalk is available, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic.
So, when you are walking downtown or window-shopping on Robson Street, make sure you are paying attention to the traffic and pedestrian laws, as well as anticipating possible careless drivers.
Need more information about your rights as a pedestrian? Download our free publication, Pedestrian Safety Manual: Don’t Cross the Street Until You've Read This Report or contact us today for a complimentary legal consultation.
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