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Beware of pedestrians as the weather gets nicer

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2019 | blog |

Pedestrians are going to start walking about more to enjoy the beautiful weather that is upon us in Allenhurst. This increase means that everyone needs to do their part to keep these individuals safe as they enjoy the city. Not only do the people walking need to practice safety but drivers must as well.

Being struck by a vehicle is almost certainly going to cause the pedestrian to have serious injuries. Immediate medical attention is likely going to be required, and the effects of the injury might last a lifetime. Following these tips can help everyone to remain safe during these warmer months.

Remember crosswalk rules

The rules of the crosswalk are fairly simple. Pedestrians should always cross the road in a crosswalk when one is available. If there is a signal for pedestrians, it should be followed so that they aren’t in danger of being hit. Vehicle drivers must stop when there is a person crossing the road. No driver should try to pass a car that has stopped at a crosswalk. Pedestrians do have the right of way in a crosswalk.

Do away with distractions

Being distracted is dangerous for pedestrians and drivers alike. Nobody who is on public roads or sidewalks should have earphones since they need to hear what is going on around them. Even though pedestrians might be tempted to look at their phones as they walk, this isn’t a good idea since it takes the focus away from watching for potential hazards, including vehicles, uneven pavement and similar situations. Additionally, everyone should remain sober since impairment can lead to accidents.

Take your time

Rushing can lead to unnecessary risks. This is true for people operating vehicles and those walking. By taking your time, you can watch what is going on around you. It gives you time to plan for how you will address hazards. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Make sure you take the weather conditions into account when deciding when to leave.

Any pedestrian who is struck by a car will likely have a long road to recovery. This may come with extensive medical care and costly bills. Seeking compensation from the driver, or other parties deemed liable, is one option for dealing with the fall out of often astronomical expenses.