Posted By Karsman, McKenzie & Hart || 5-Jan-2017
Both drivers and pedestrians have a responsibility of keeping our roads safe by being cautious drivers and smart pedestrians. Far too often, we have seen tragic accidents that could have been prevented if better safety precautions were taken. The next time you are out on the streets, make sure you practice these helpful pedestrian safety tips.
If a driver can’t see you, then they are more likely to hit you. Before you cross the street, make eye contact with the driver first so that he or she knows you are about to cross the street. If you are walking out at night or early morning, wear reflective or light-colored clothing so you are easier to spot for drivers.
It is common to see pedestrians with their eyes glued to their phones or with headphones over their ears. It is important that you keep your eyes and your ears alert at all times – even if it means putting away your phone and your headphones.
Follow Traffic Signs
Pay attention to traffic rules, lights, and signs – and always remember to obey the rules. Don’t try to cross when the light is about to change or if it is not your turn to cross.
Even if it is your turn to cross, never assume that the driver will yield to pedestrians. Always look before crossing.
You should always cross at a marked crosswalk. Avoid jaywalking if possible because this may increase the risk of an accident, as drivers are not expecting to see pedestrians at unmarked crosswalks. Taking a few extra minutes to walk an extra distance can help save your life.
Teach Children Safe Habits
At a young age, children should be taught to look left and right, and left again before stepping foot onto the road. Parents should also teach children to pay attention to the road, look for hazards, and avoid distractions when walking. Instilling these simple habits early on can help build smart instincts that can help keep them safe as they grow.
Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? Call Our Savannah Injury Attorneys for Help.
If you or a loved one has been injured while crossing the street or on a sidewalk, contact our Savannah pedestrian accident lawyers at Karsman, McKenzie & Hart for help. We have extensive experience helping the injured and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. When you’ve been hurt because of a negligent driver, our team can advocate for you and help you fight for the compensation you need. Get started by calling our office and scheduling a free consultation.