A crosswalk may give you the right of way. It may give you some protection in the sense that it alerts drivers that pedestrians may cross the road at that point. But it does not protect you at all when those drivers make a mistake. This is why it's so important to know what steps you can take to keep yourself safe.
You get to the crosswalk and wait at the intersection. You use the time to check your phone, so you actually don't notice when it switches to the walk symbol. By the time you look up, it's a red hand that is flashing. You look at the lights on the street going the same direction, and they're green. Now what?
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:
If you ask school officials about the safety of the bus system, they'll probably tell you all about the safety features on modern buses, the advantage that they get from their sheer size and weight during an accident and the rigorous hiring process for new drivers. That's all good, but what about before the children get on the bus or after they get off? How safe are they at these critical points?
Many auto-pedestrian accidents happen when people attempt to cross the street at a crosswalk and they are not given the right of way by drivers in the street. These accidents are very dangerous because pedestrians have no protection and, since they assume that they have the right of way, they may not even realize that a collision is about to occur.
The state government takes pedestrian safety seriously, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has put out a list of rules that drivers must follow when operating their vehicles around pedestrians. These rules can help ensure safe travel for all, regardless of their mode of transportation.
The unfortunate reality is that pedestrians and cars do not mix well, despite the fact that we all try to use the same roads to navigate Redondo Beach. In California, accidents happen every year. Some are fatal. Some lead to serious injuries. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable, and any accidents can have devastating ramifications.
Pedestrians are everywhere. They are in large cities, small towns and everywhere in between. Pedestrians are part of the traffic flow since they cross at marked intersections. Some might cross illegally, which is known as jaywalking. If you are a pedestrian it's important for you to know what activities you should avoid so you are not involved in an accident.
Intersections are dangerous no matter the size of the city or town where they are located. It also doesn't matter when it comes to the volume of vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians that use the intersection. So long as there is one vehicle and one pedestrian present in an intersection, it will be dangerous. Here's how cities can make intersections safer for pedestrians.
Pedestrians are always at risk when they head out for a walk or run in Redondo Beach. Even if they follow the laws, they might still find themselves in a scary situation with a motor vehicle. Not all drivers will do their best to look for pedestrians at intersections. If you must walk or go for a run at night, here are some important safety tips for pedestrians in California.