In 2011, pedestrians were the only group to experience an increase in fatalities. With more people on the street, and more communities in Phoenix striving for walkability, pedestrians need to be aware of everything around them to stay safe.
Don’t rely on traffic signals or the right of way to keep you safe. Even though pedestrians always have the right of way, you are still at fault if you jaywalk or break a traffic law. But even if you’re in the right, a car still wins in terms of injuries in a car-versus-person accident.
Here are a few steps you can take to prevent getting injured:
- Pay attention. As a pedestrian, you need to watch for cars, bicycles and motorcycles. Don’t let texting, posting or talking on the phone distract you from traffic.
- Use crosswalks. Cars are expecting to see you at a crosswalk. Running across where there is no crossing won’t be faster if you have to take a detour to the ER first.
- Use sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Look drivers in the eye before crossing. Never assume a driver sees you, especially when the car is backing up, exiting a driveway or waiting to make a turn.
- Be seen. Wear bright clothing during the day; wear reflective clothing at night or use a flashlight.
Even when you use crosswalks properly, pay attention and dress for safety, drivers may still be paying attention to something other than the road. Always stay alert when walking. If you’ve been in an accident, call Phoenix attorneys with more than 20 years of experience for a free consultation.