Pedestrian Safety Tips

Pedestrian Safety Tips

As a pedestrian you need to always be aware of your surroundings. Pedestrian accidents do happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian is killed every 2 hours and injured every 7 minutes in traffic crashes. To prevent accidents, both drivers and pedestrians need to be cautious.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

To decrease the likelihood of a pedestrian accident, it is important for pedestrians to be safe while walking or running. Cellphones and other handheld devices can be a distraction for pedestrians, and decrease alertness. The NHTSA provides these pedestrian safety tips:

  • Walk in safe places: Walk on a sidewalk or path whenever one is available. If there is no sidewalk or path available, walk facing traffic (on the left side of the road) on the shoulder, as far away from traffic as possible.
  • Don’t assume a driver sees you: The driver may be distracted or under the influence. Try to make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Be predictable: Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area and wait for a large gap in traffic.
  • Avoid prohibited roads for pedestrians: Stay off of freeways, restricted-access highways and other pedestrian-prohibited roadways.
  • Be visible: Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flash light at night.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs: Your ability to make safe judgments will be impaired. Almost half of all traffic crashes involving pedestrians involve alcohol consumption, and 34 percent of that total was on the part of the pedestrian (AAA).

Pedestrian Safety Tips: Common Accidents

These accidents can be tragic. According to AAA, the most common type of pedestrian accidents include:

  • A pedestrian darting out in the road whether it be in an intersection or not
  • A pedestrian being blocked from view by a stopped car or bus
  • Turning/merging vehicles being too focused on traffic to check for pedestrians before taking action
  • Younger pedestrians being struck approaching or leaving ice cream trucks
  • Drivers not looking before backing out of a driveway or parking spot

It is important for pedestrians to know what to do after an accident, especially if the accident is a hit-and-run.

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SOURCES:

  1. AAA. Tips for Pedestrian Safety. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  2. AAA. Pedestrian Collisions. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  3. NHTSA. Pedestrians. Retrieved February 26, 2015.