Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

It can be argued that the drivers should be the ones making the effort to avoid hitting pedestrians. It can also be argued that the pedestrians should be the ones making the effort to avoid getting hit by vehicles. But it shouldn’t be an argument, because both parties should make the effort of avoiding collisions.

Pedestrian accidents do not just result into injuries and medical bills. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents may take legal action, especially if the accidents have been caused by recklessness or negligence.

Safety Tips for Drivers

Drivers are the ones responsible for operating big chunks of metal that can hit people, so it is just right that they make the effort of trying to avoid collisions. This can be successfully done by considering the following safety tips:

  • Always drive in a speed where you can fully control your vehicle and react on time in case something unexpected happens, like when a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street
  • Always give way to crossing pedestrians, even though you have the right-of-way, because giving in is always better than causing an accident
  • Be particularly alert on parking lots, school zones, residential areas, and other places where pedestrians are extremely vulnerable
  • Be wary of cars parked at the edge of the roads, as there may be pedestrians behind them that may suddenly cross the street
  • Make it a habit to use signal lights before turning, especially in intersections, so crossing pedestrians will know what you are about to do and try to avoid you

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Always follow right-of-way, because you are at the disadvantage when an accident occurs
  • Always look left, right, and left again before crossing, even though the road is a one-way street
  • Avoid crossing the street near obstructions, such as parked cars
  • Cross only on spots with the proper cross markings
  • Stay in the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk, walk in the opposite direction of traffic flow, so you can see the possible dangers