Though little attention is given to it, pedestrian safety is a serious issue. Unfortunately, most motorists pay little attention to those who are on foot. A collision between a motorized vehicle and a pedestrian can result in fatal consequences.
Who Is Considered a Pedestrian?
A pedestrian is a person on foot and can also include someone using skates or a skateboard. It is also a person with a disability using a wheelchair for transportation. As a motorist, it is your responsibility to be aware of your surroundings.
Five Ways to Avoid an Accident with a Pedestrian
It’s important that you use extra caution when driving near pedestrians. This includes:
- Respect. Pedestrians have the right of way. You should always stop for a pedestrian crossing the street, whether at a crosswalk or in the middle of the roadway.
- Passing. Avoid passing any vehicles that are stopped at a crosswalk. You may not be able to see a pedestrian who is crossing the street.
- Sidewalks. Sidewalks are specifically designed for pedestrians. Unless you are crossing a sidewalk to enter or exit a driveway or alley, stay off them. In addition, when crossing over a sidewalk, yield to all pedestrians.
- Eye Contact. An aware pedestrian will make eye contact with you when they are ready to cross the street. Yield to them. Be cautious of a pedestrian who fails to make contact but appears ready to cross the street.
- Older/Disabled Pedestrians. You should afford disabled or older pedestrians more time to cross the street since they tend to take more time. It’s important that you exhibit patience. The same goes for children who are crossing the street.
Not All Accidents Can Be Avoided
No matter how safe of a driver you are, not all car accidents can be avoided. Another driver’s negligence can lead to you or a loved one becoming seriously injured in a wreck. Fortunately, you might be able to hold that driver liable for your injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident, you should call a Virginia Beach personal injury attorney at Tavss Fletcher at (757) 625-1214. We have the experience necessary to help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.