The National Safety Council reports pedestrian fatalities are on the rise, in fact the number of pedestrian fatalities in 2016 was highest since 1990. Pedestrians in New York City are especially vulnerable to injury due to a high volume of road and foot traffic.
The National Safety Council suggests the following:
- 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 due to another person’s distraction contact us today.