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Pedestrian Safety Tips

There are many different ways to get to and from. People may drive, order a ride-share, use a bike, public transportation, or even walk. A lot of people may not be very aware of the fact that pedestrians have laws to follow while traveling just like drivers. Most drivers believe that no matter what, pedestrians have the right away at all times. This is a safe way of thinking, but pedestrians have their own laws to obey to help keep them safe.

Pedestrians have the right away for the following:

- When crossing in a crosswalk

- When crossing outside a crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk

Pedestrians do not have the right away:

- When crossing outside a crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk, pedestrians MUST yield to all vehicles on the roadway

- When crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided, but uses the roadway instead of the tunnel or crossing, MUST yield to all vehicles on the roadway.

- No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to yield.

- No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices.

Here are ten safety tips that all pedestrians should follow to ensure safety:

  1. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

  2. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.

  3. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

  4. Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

  5. Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

  6. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.

  7. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

  8. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

  9. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

  10. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

Remember, even as pedestrian you have to follow the rules and travel safely. Don't assume anything, pay attention and stay alert at all times. If you, or someone you know have been involved in an auto accident, call Your Accident Your Money at (888) 766-6398.

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