As a pedestrian, you know that it can be dangerous near the roads. Even in a neighborhood, there is the risk of being hit by a driver who isn’t paying attention. Whether they’re backing out of a driveway or run a stop sign, you could be at risk of being involved in a serious collision.
Most of the time, traffic accidents involving pedestrians take place when pedestrians are in the roadway. That means that you might be riding a bike on the road or simply crossing the street. No matter when you’re on the roads or what you’re doing there, always be cautious. Drivers are supposed to yield to you if you’re in a crosswalk, but that doesn’t always happen.
What are some good safety tips for pedestrians?
The first thing that might help you avoid a crash is to make eye contact with drivers who are headed your way. If you’re planning to cross the road in front of a stopped vehicle, it’s best to make eye contact, so that you know that the driver has seen you.
If you’re crossing and there is no crosswalk, it’s a good idea to look both ways and be wary of traffic, especially if you’re coming out from between parked cars. Drivers may have a hard time seeing you and may not expect a pedestrian in the roadway.
Finally, if you are riding a bike or walking in the road, stay as far to the right as possible. Doing so puts the greatest distance between yourself and drivers who are using the lane, so that you reduce the risk of an impact.
Drivers have a responsibility to follow traffic laws and should be wary of pedestrians, but you can also help keep yourself safe.