Drivers absolutely need to understand the risks that pedestrians face, and they need to take proper steps to protect them when they drive. A simple accident can lead to life-changing injuries for the pedestrian, or it can be deadly. A few simple steps may prevent it. They are:
1. Understand that pedestrians always have the right of way in the crosswalk. Some are marked. Some are not. Always respect them, regardless.
2. Follow all speed limits, especially in residential areas and business areas. It may seem too slow, but just a few miles per hour makes a huge difference in a pedestrian crash.
3. Stay alert and keep your eyes on the road at all times. Look for pedestrians on the sidewalks, at the bus stops, at crosswalks and everywhere else. Anticipate where they will be and what they will do.
4. Never get distracted behind the wheel. You may assume you’ll see another car in your peripheral vision even when you’re looking down, but will you see a child or a pedestrian?
5. Remember that driveways and small side roads often cross the sidewalk. Stay extra alert, knowing that you’re now sharing the space with pedestrians. Don’t just look at the road, as many people do. Watch the sidewalk, paying special attention to runners, who may cross in front of you faster than you realize.
Have you been injured in an accident caused by a driver who ignored that safety advice? If you suffered serious injuries, you must take the time to look into all of the legal rights you have to compensation.