Keeping Pedestrians Safe Near Roadways
Pedestrians are common near roadways, whether they are exercising or commuting to work, school, or the grocery store. However, the presence of moving traffic makes walking near roadways especially dangerous. Pedestrians should familiarize themselves with common safety practices to keep themselves from harm while walking. However, motorists also have a responsibility to keep pedestrians safe.
Motorists can take action to assure the safety of pedestrians by keeping the following tips in mind:
- Look out for jaywalkers. Just because a pedestrian is supposed to cross the street in a designated area doesn’t mean that he or she will.
- At crosswalks and other designated crossing areas, acknowledge walkers with a wave or nod so they know it is safe to pass in front of your vehicle.
- Watch for pedestrians in residential areas. Neighborhoods and areas with apartment complexes have a high incidence of pedestrians walking for exercise, especially in the evening. Also, in residential areas, people commonly cross the street in non-designated areas in order to get from one place to the next.
- Keep an eye out for child pedestrians near schools, bus stops, and in residential areas. Kids may not exercise the same level of safety as adults should near roadways.
- Talk to your children about pedestrian safety and educate them about the dangers of cars and traffic. Make sure they know never to run out into the road, to use sidewalks, and to only cross at crosswalks.
Unfortunately, traffic accidents involving pedestrians can still occur, even if both parties are making an effort to stick to safety guidelines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian-related car accident, the Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can evaluate your case and help you get the compensation you need for your losses. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874.