Every day thousands of people use the walkway paths beside the roads to make it to different destinations. The truth is, walking near a road or an intersection is dangerous. Pedestrians have little or no protection from the oncoming vehicles and a slight mistake by a driver can cause a fatal accident. Observing road safety for pedestrians is paramount. Here are some tips to help you stay safe on the road.
1. Walking in Safe Places
It is the responsibility of the pedestrian to observe personal safety when using the road. It is important to be observant when crossing roads and using pathways. You should use bridges, crosswalks, sidewalks, and tunnels specifically designated for pedestrians. You are also expected to obey traffic signs and walk in the direction opposite to the traffic.
2. Being Visible
Visibility is one of the best ways to ensure you don’t get hit by a vehicle while on the road. It is important for drivers to be able to see you. According to statistics, 32% of pedestrian-car accidents occur between 8 pm and 11 pm. This is the time most pedestrians are not visible to cars. Whenever you’re on the road at this time of the day, you should make eye contact with oncoming traffic, wear light colored clothing at night, and walk along well-lit areas for maximum visibility.
3. Always Be Alert
Always be alert while on the road. Pedestrians are expected to remain vigilant at all times. This helps them to notice any shift in behavior by drivers that may potentially place them in danger. If you see a driver driving erratically, it is your duty as the pedestrians to avoid the path the vehicle is taking.
4. Avoiding Distractions
While walking along the road, it is important to avoid any behavior that may distract you from what’s happening on the road. You may unknowingly walk into the road and get knocked down. Some common behavior that causes distraction includes listening to music, using the mobile phone, and reading while walking. You should also avoid goofing around with friends when walking next to a road.
5. Following Traffic Signs
You are expected to strictly adhere to traffic signs. Traffic lights and signs are meant to make it possible for pedestrians to anticipate traffic flow and expected driver behavior. Following these signs enables you to avoid accidents and remain safe.
6. Avoid Walking While Too Drunk
Almost half of all pedestrian accidents are caused by alcohol-related behavior when walking on the road. Alcohol causes impaired judgment whereby you’re not able to make reasonable decisions when walking. Avoid having a drink if you have to walk next to the road.
7. Use Designated Walkways
It is important for you to always walk along the designated pedestrian crossings. If there is no designated pedestrian path, only cross the road where there is a pedestrian crossing line, and ensure you cross the roads in well-lit areas.
If you become a victim of an accident, a personal injury attorney from Futerman Partners can help you with the personal injury claims process.