In 2016 there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities, the highest total in more than 20 years. Many experts site distraction as the most significant contributing factor to a climbing number of pedestrian injuries and fatalties.
For many New Yorkers everyday life entails quite a bit of walking. It’s easy to become de-sensitized to the commotion of the city, and inadvertently put yourself as risk for injury.
The National Safety Council’s Initiative, Head Up, Phone Down is designed to improve pedestrian safety throughout the country. Here is a crash course in pedestrian safety form the National Safety Council:
- Look left, right and left again before crossing the street; looking left a second time is necessary because a car can cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time
- Make eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you
- Be aware of drivers even when you’re in a crosswalk; vehicles have blind spots
- Don’t wear headphones while walking
- Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking
- If your view is blocked, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic
- Never rely on a car to stop
- Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult
- Only cross at designated crosswalks
- Wear bright and/or reflective clothing
- Walk in groups
If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian-vehicle accident at no fault of your own, contact us today.
To read more about pedestian injuries in 2016, read this recently published article Pedestrian Deaths Spiked in 2016, Distraction Cited.