Each year, thousands of pedestrian accidents occur in the United States. While some are fatal, many more result in serious injuries.
The common reasons for pedestrian accidents include drunk driving, drunk walking and distracted driving. While pedestrians may have no control over the road, there are certain steps they can take to stay safe.
Face oncoming traffic
Where there are no sidewalks, walk at the edge of the road facing oncoming traffic. It gives you a chance to protect yourself in the event of any potential accident situation.
Follow traffic signs
Wherever there are pedestrian indications, follow them as directed. Cross when you’re supposed to, and be patient until the sign says you can walk. Any attempt to do otherwise could have fatal results.
You can only ever be sure of your own actions on the road. Stay alert and ready to adjust your movement in the event a driver makes a mistake, such as running a red light.
Cross at Crosswalks and Designated intersections
Jaywalking, crossing the road mid-block, is illegal in some cases and could result in an accident. Wait till you get to an intersection and follow the traffic guidelines to cross safely.
Avoid sudden moves
Any sudden moves in the street, such as stepping out from parked cars, could catch the driver unawares. Look both ways before crossing the street, even at pedestrian walkways.
Maintain a clear view
Ensure that nothing is blocking your view of traffic, such as a bag or a package. Situational awareness is key for road safety.
You can only do so much to stay safe. The rest is down to others. If a driver injures you, they should be held liable.