70,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2010. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 13% of all traffic fatalities in the same year.
Here are some tips to help you as a pedestrian stay safe when walking down the street:
- Follow the Rules of the Road. Always obey signs and signals. Never cross the street when you do not have the right of way.
- Walk on Sidewalks. If a sidewalk is available, always walk on it. Never walk in the street if possible.
- Always Walk Facing Traffic. If there is no sidewalk available, always walk facing traffic. This means, walk on the left side of the road so you can see cars coming.
- Stay Alert. Do not be distracted by electronic devices, especially when crossing the streets.
- Cross Streets in the Crosswalk. Always use the crosswalk when crossing the street. Never cross in the middle of the street. The drivers are not expecting you here.
- Never Assume a Driver Sees You. Make eye contact with the drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen. Never assume the driver will stop for you even if they do see you.
- Be Visible at All Times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective gear or use a flashlight at night.
- Avoid Alcohol and Drugs When Walking. These impair your abilities and judgment.
As a driver, you must be cautious of pedestrians crossing the street. To avoid these accidents, be alert, avoid all possible distractions and follow these simple tips:
- Look Out For Pedestrians Everywhere. Even in areas where you wouldn’t expect them. Safety is a shared responsibility.
- Use Extra Caution When Driving in Hard-To-See Conditions. This includes nighttime or bad weather.
- Slow Down. Be prepared to slow down and stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalks. A pedestrian may expect you to stop at a crosswalk and may not be paying attention. Always yield for pedestrians at crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the pedestrians.
- Never Pass a Vehicle Stopped at a Crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
- Never Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs.
- Be Extra Cautious When Backing Up. Pedestrians can move into your path without realizing you are backing up.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured after being hit by a motor vehicle, contact us immediately.
Check out this website that shows the recent locations where pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/recent-locations-where-pedestrians-were-struck-and-killed-by-vehicles-1.1889460