Updated December 2, 2022

How Can Pedestrians Stay Safe on the Road?

How Can Pedestrians Stay Safe?

Exercising outside is a great way to stay healthy and in shape. However, walking and running near traffic can be dangerous. It’s important for both drivers and pedestrians to be careful and aware of their surroundings to keep everyone safe. Read on for tips on how to stay safe while walking or exercising outside to avoid pedestrian-vehicle crashes.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians 

As a pedestrian, it is safer to assume the driver may not be able to see you. Keeping your eyes and attention on the road is important. There are several ways to be aware of drivers around you to ensure your safety and theirs:

  • Use sidewalks if able
  • Only cross at marked crosswalks
  • Stop and look around before crossing the street
  • Pay attention to traffic signals both for you and the driver
  • Consider wearing bright clothing to stand out to drivers

According to Indiana law, pedestrians have the right-of-way at a crosswalk and drivers are required to slow down or stop for someone at a crosswalk. However, if a pedestrian decides to cross where there is a curb and no crosswalk, the pedestrian could potentially be at fault.

Safety Tips for Drivers

Pedestrians can be easy to miss when driving as mirrors and blind spots in your car may get in the way of your view. As a driver, there are tips you can follow to ensure safety for you and possible pedestrians in the area:

  • Stop and look twice at crosswalks
  • Stop for pedestrians as they approach crosswalks
  • Yield to pedestrians when turning a corner
  • Allow at least 3 feet when passing a walking pedestrian if they are not utilizing the sidewalk

To be aware of pedestrians while driving, it is recommended you keep your eyes on the road at all times and are aware of any pedestrians nearby. Following speed limits, traffic-signals, and avoiding distractions can keep you and others safe. 

Contact an Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed as a result of a pedestrian accident, we urge you to contact an attorney at Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The personal injury lawyers at WKW can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400. or fill out a contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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