Even if you aren’t operating a motor vehicle, you could still be at risk for possible accidents. As a pedestrian
you have just as many possibilities for injury, with none of the protections that a car offers. More than 14,000
pedestrians were injured in auto accidents in 2018, so maintaining strict awareness and following pedestrian
laws are vital to your safety. Statistics like these may seem scary, but ultimately they can help you to become
more aware, and could potentially save your life.
California is the leader for pedestrian deaths in the United States, so if you are walking near roadways, it is
important to follow guidelines to maintain your safety. It may seem like common sense, but looking
left-right-left before crossing any street is the easiest way to avoid potential accidents. It’s also important
to make sure you stand out. No matter the time of day, you should wear bright colored clothing, and watch where
you step. Crossing streets at designated crosswalks and walking on marked paths make you the most visible to
drivers, so it’s vital to use them whenever possible.
Pedestrian mistakes account for nearly as many crashes as driver mistakes, which means that oftentimes
pedestrians were not observing traffic laws or signage. Make sure you’re aware of speed limits, road conditions,
and continue to stay just as alert as if you were driving a car. It can also be helpful to plan a route to your
destination, and ensure you’re familiar with the area before setting off. There is also never a reason to
jaywalk – whenever crossing a roadway, you should be aware of the road conditions around you and cross as safely
1 out of every 4 accidents in the US is due to phone usage. Whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian, becoming
distracted by your phone takes your attention away from your surroundings. Using your cellphone while walking
may seem like an easy way to multi-task, but it’s an incredibly easy way to become distracted. If you do need to
use your phone while walking near roadways, stop and step as far away from the curb as possible before you
As a driver, keep in mind that pedestrians have the right of way at any crosswalk or intersection, and yield to
them first, even if you think the pedestrian can see you. Similarly, you may have the right of way as a
pedestrian, but that does not guarantee a driver will stop for you.
At the end of the day, your safety is what matters! If you or someone you know has been injured as a pedestrian, call us for a free case evaluation.