NHTSA’s Basics of Pedestrian Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some very important tips for improving pedestrian safety on U.S. roadways. With distracted and drug or alcohol-impaired drivers on the road, it’s important to take as many safety precautions as you can to protect yourself when you’re out as a pedestrian. Unfortunately, even when you’re doing everything possible to stay safe, as a pedestrian, you’re truly at the mercy of the drivers you share the road with. Listed below are the NHTSA’s 10 Pedestrian Safety Tips.
NHTSA’s 10 Walking Safety Tips
- Be predictable. Always follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks when possible.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Keep alert at all times. Don’t walk distracted, and keep your eyes and ears on the road.
- Whenever possible, use crosswalks and intersections, and look for vehicles in all directions before crossing.
- Where crosswalks or intersections aren’t available, use a well-lit area, where you have a good view of traffic.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach your area.
- Be visible at all times, wear bright clothes and reflective materials or use flashlights at night.
- Watch for cars coming in and out of driveways or backing up in parking lots.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol, which can impair your safety, even as a pedestrian.
Drivers Need to Share The Road
At the end of the day, pedestrian safety is everybody’s responsibility. Even when you do everything right, you could still get struck by a distracted or drunk driver. Always try to remain vigilant, and be on the lookout for potentially dangerous drivers. Drivers are reminded to put their phones down and pay attention to the task of driving.
Pedestrian Accidents in San Diego
After any kind of car versus pedestrian accident, it’s so important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if somebody you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.