More Than Looking Both Ways—Pedestrian Safety Tips
Whether walking, biking, or driving, it is everyone’s responsibility to follow the rules of the road. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable when sharing the road with cars, buses, and motorcyclists. In fact, in 2012, 76,000 pedestrians were struck while walking, and the number of pedestrian related injuries continues to rise each year.
The personal injury attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski want to remind you and your family to stay safe with the following pedestrian safety tips.
Preventing Pedestrian Injuries
- Be Safe and Seen: Make Yourself Visible
While walking or running, it is important to make yourself visible to drivers in order to stay safe. One way to do
this is to wear bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials. If you are walking closer to dusk or at night, carry a flashlight and be sure to cross the street in a well-lit area. In order to stay visible when crossing the street, stay clear of buses, hedges, and parked cars.
- Stay Alert: Avoid Dangerous Behaviors
Avoid accidents by staying on the sidewalk when walking. If there is no sidewalk, be sure to walk facing traffic. This allows you to be visible to drivers.
While crossing the street, try to make eye contact with the driver. You should never assume that a driver will give you the right-of-way. If they happen to be distracted or on their phone, they may not be paying attention to the road. For this reason, don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals. Instead, look both ways before crossing the road to see if there is any oncoming traffic.
- Be Careful: Proceed with Caution
When crossing the street, it is important to proceed with caution. Make sure to cross the street at a marked crosswalk or intersection. Jaywalking is not only dangerous, but in many cases it is illegal.
While crossing the street, be sure to look for any cars that are making a turn. Stay attentive while you are crossing the street; avoid loud music, noise-cancelling headphones, and talking on your cellphone while crossing the road.
Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
Unfortunately, even if pedestrians follow these safety tips, accidents still happen when drivers are careless. When a negligent driver hits a pedestrian, the consequences can be severe or fatal.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The Atlanta attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski have extensive experience with personal injury cases. We encourage you to call us at (404) 845-0012 or fill out our online contact form today.