Pedestrians in California never expect to get hit by cars, but accidents can result in serious injuries or even death. Tips can help pedestrians stay safer.
What are the main causes of pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrian traffic accidents happen for various reasons. The biggest cause is driver negligence. Pedestrians are at a significant risk when drivers speed and act recklessly in areas with heavy foot traffic.
Distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious danger not only to other drivers and passengers but pedestrians as well. If the driver isn’t paying attention or cannot focus at 100% due to being intoxicated, they can have an accident and hit a person who happens to be walking by.
Many pedestrian accidents occur when drivers fail to heed the rules of the road. For example, drivers who ignore stop signs, run red lights and fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks have a higher chance of striking a person who’s crossing the street.
Sometimes, accidents aren’t always the fault of a driver. Pedestrians who don’t pay attention when crossing the street due to distractions, such as staring at their phones, can cause an accident and suffer injuries.
How can pedestrians stay safer?
Pedestrians can stay safer when they use certain tips when out on the street. Staying on the sidewalk when one is available is important. However, if it’s necessary to walk in the street, it’s always better to walk while facing oncoming traffic. That way, the pedestrian can see oncoming cars.
Using the crosswalk when crossing the street is the best way to be safe while crossing. Avoid crossing elsewhere as it’s possible that a car can suddenly appear when you least expect it and hit a pedestrian, causing serious injuries.
Pedestrians should wear reflective clothing whenever walking outside at night so drivers can more easily see them. Avoiding headphones and using a phone while in the street keeps a person more aware and safer.