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Pedestrian Safety: Nine Rules to Follow

Updated July 31, 2020 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

Thousands of pedestrians are hit each year by motor vehicles while crossing or walking along streets, roads, and highways. In fact, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, 6,283 pedestrians were killed and 75,000 were injured in 2018. In Indiana alone, pedestrians accounted for 13.3% of all traffic fatalities.

The numbers don’t lie: Pedestrians are in danger when walking on roadways. And, since we all must occasionally expose ourselves to the dangers of motor vehicle traffic when walking, pedestrian safety is an issue that affects everyone.

Pedestrian Safety Rules

When you are walking on or near roadways, follow these rules to stay safe.

Use Pedestrian Crosswalks

Crosswalks give you greater visibility because of their signs and markings, making it easier for motorists to see you. 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 when you see an approaching vehicle.

Be Visible

Wear light or bright-colored clothing during the day. Wear reflective clothing and use a flashlight at night.

Avoid Distractions

When walking along or crossing a road, pay attention. Avoid texting, using your cell phone, 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. Keep an eye out.

Make Eye Contact

Before crossing in front of a stopped car, make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you.

Avoid Crossing Multiple Lane High-Speed Roadways

Unless there are pedestrian crosswalks or bridges present, crossing these types of roads is extremely dangerous. Stay off of restricted access highways.

Stay Out of Blind Spots

Don’t cross too closely in front of stopped trucks and buses—they may not see you over their engine hood. Use the eye contact rule when crossing.

Listen for Horns

If you hear a car horn, it could be directed at you. Pay attention to your surroundings.

Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car crash as a pedestrian or a driver, you are urged to contact the attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. An Indianapolis car accident lawyer from WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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