Stay Safe While Walking: Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

Walking is an excellent way to stay healthy, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money on transportation costs. However, it’s important to remember that walking near traffic can also be dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. Pedestrian accidents can happen quickly, leaving you with serious injuries and trauma. That’s why it’s crucial to stay alert and follow best practices while walking on sidewalks, crosswalks, and other areas where pedestrians share the road with vehicles. These tips will help you navigate the streets with confidence and minimize the risks of accidents.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, The Barnes Firm is here to help. Contact us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation. It could be the best call you make.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians to Avoid Getting In An Accident

As a pedestrian, it is important to be vigilant and practice safety measures to avoid getting into an accident. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Use Designated Crosswalks

If a crosswalk is present, use the crosswalk to safely cross the road. Pedestrians must follow crosswalk signals before crossing.

  • If the signal says “WALK” or shows a person walking, a pedestrian may cross the road.
  • If the signal shows a blinking upraised hand, “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” with a countdown, the pedestrian must finish crossing the street before the countdown ends.
  • If the signal shows a solid upraised hand, “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” with no countdown present, the pedestrian cannot walk and must wait for the signal to change to cross the road.

Pedestrians should always cross the road at designated crosswalks or intersections. It is extremely dangerous to jaywalk and can increase the chance of an accident occurring.

Look Both Ways Before Crossing

Before crossing the street, look left, then right, then left again to make sure there are no oncoming vehicles. Even if the crosswalk signal indicates that it is safe to cross, be sure to double-check to make sure the road is clear.

Avoid Distractions

Avoid distractions, such as texting or talking on the phone, listening to music, or daydreaming while walking. Distractions can cause you to be less aware of your surroundings and make it difficult to react to potential hazards, such as oncoming traffic, uneven pavement, or other obstacles. By eliminating distractions, you can focus on walking and be more alert.

Wear Visible Clothing

When walking, wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking at night or in low-light conditions. This makes it easier for drivers and other road users to see you.

Walk on Sidewalks if Possible

Walking on sidewalks, if possible, is important for several reasons.

  • Sidewalks provide a safe and designated space for pedestrians to walk, separate from vehicle traffic. This reduces the risk of pedestrian accidents caused by interactions with vehicles, such as being hit by a car.
  • Sidewalks are typically smoother and flatter than walking on the road and are often more comfortable and convenient than walking on the road.
  • Walking on the sidewalk can help you to avoid hazards such as uneven pavement, potholes, or debris on the road.
  • Walking on sidewalks helps to ensure that you’re not blocking traffic, which can lead to frustration and dangerous situations for both you and other road users.

Overall, whenever possible, it’s best to walk on sidewalks to ensure your safety and avoid potential hazards.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

When you’re aware of your surroundings, you can identify potential risks such as oncoming traffic, construction zones, or other pedestrians that may pose a danger to you. This allows you to take proactive measures to avoid these risks. Additionally, being aware of your surroundings can help you to stay on track and avoid getting lost or disoriented.

If You Were Injured in a Pedestrian Accident, Call The Barnes Firm Today

At The Barnes Firm, we know being involved in a pedestrian accident can be a traumatic experience. Even when pedestrians are cautious and follow the rules of the road, accidents can still happen.

If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident, call The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation. From the initial phone conversation, through to the final settlement, our team of pedestrian accident lawyers will work hard for you every step of the way.

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