Thousands of pedestrians are hit each year by motor vehicles while crossing or walking along streets, roads and highways. Because everyone must occasionally expose themselves to the dangers of motor vehicle traffic when walking, pedestrian safety is an issue that affects everyone. We at Wilson Kehoe Winingham urge all pedestrians to observe these nine safety tips:
- Use pedestrian crosswalks. Crosswalks give you greater visibility to motorists because of its signs and road markings. Observe the walk/don’t walk signals and scan for traffic when crossing.
- Walk on the left side of the road. When sidewalks are unavailable, stay on the left shoulder of the road and pay attention to oncoming traffic. Be ready to move off to the side.
- Be visible. Wear light or bright-colored clothing during the day. Wear reflective clothing and use a flashlight at night.
- Avoid distraction. When walking along or crossing a road, pay attention. Avoid texting, cell phone use, and listening to music with earphones. Intense conversation and daydreaming are forms of distraction as well.
- Watch your back at intersections. While pedestrians often look both ways and in front when crossing intersections, few people look for turning traffic approaching from behind.
- Make eye contact. Before crossing in front of a stopped car, make eye contact with the driver to ensure that he or she sees you.
- Avoid crossing multiple lane high-speed road-ways. Unless there are pedestrian crosswalks present, crossing these types of roads are extremely hazardous. Stay off of restricted access highways.
- Stay out of blind spots. Don’t cross too closely in front of stopped trucks and buses because they may not see you over their engine hood. Use the eye contact rule when crossing.
- Use your ears. If you hear a car horn, it could be directed at you.
Seek Assistance from Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured because a motorist hit you while walking, don’t hesitate to get the assistance of a personal injury attorney to explore your legal options. For a free case evaluation, contact us at Wilson Kehoe Winingham.