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Walking through an intersection or alongside a road, you are vulnerable to vehicles around you. It is easy for pedestrians to be almost invisible to most drivers compared to a truck or automobile. The majority of pedestrian accidents take place because of a driver’s negligence or inattention through texting and driving, speeding in populated areas, and/or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We’re here with a list of tips to follow that will help keep you safer as a pedestrian.

  • Always use the crosswalk. If there is one available, always cross a road or intersection at the crosswalk.
  • Stay on the sidewalks. If you are walking in an area where sidewalks are present, staying on the sidewalk is always safer than choosing to walk in the road, even if you believe that there is not much traffic.
  • Stay aware while you are walking. If you see a motorist, make yourself visible and be predictable, so they can see you and notice your direction of travel.
  • Avoid using cell phones or music players. Listening to music while walking can prevent you from hearing a car coming. Additionally, texting while you walk can distract you from seeing a car coming towards you or turning through an intersection you are about to cross.

Additionally, it is just as important to make sure you are an attentive and aware driver anytime you are behind the wheel, but especially when there are pedestrians present. Always yield to pedestrians, and slow down through busy areas, such as neighborhoods or schools. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident give Kaiman & Crahan a call today for a free consultation to learn about your rights.

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