Tips for Protecting You and Your Family From Pedestrian Accidents
UNITED STATES – An online article posted at corsicanadailysun.com discusses the dangers facing pedestrians on today’s roadways and the ways that pedestrians can help to protect themselves from potentially being involved in a serious traffic accident.*
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in the United States, and the total number of pedestrian fatalities in 2018 was the highest for the country in almost 30 years, according to recently released data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA). More than 6,200 pedestrians lost their lives in U.S. traffic collisions last year, and almost 50 percent of those fatal accidents happened in just five states: Florida, Georgia, California, Texas, and Arizona.
GHSA cited a number of potential reasons for the increase in deadly pedestrian collisions in the country, including more people and vehicles on the roadways and a rise in ownership of larger vehicles. Safety experts stress the importance of driver caution, but pedestrians can also be proactive to prevent tragic accidents. Tips for pedestrian safety include:
Put away cell phones, and turn off music. Pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings and not be distracted by cell phones or music. If you’re looking down at your phone, you can’t see cars coming, and if you’re listening to music, you can’t hear cars coming.
Use crosswalks whenever possible. It is not always possible to do so, but any time a crosswalk is available at an intersection, you should use it. Pedestrians are statistically safer inside of crosswalks and at controlled intersections.
Make eye contact with drivers coming toward you. One of the best ways to ensure that a driver sees you is to try to make eye contact with him or her. It is much safer to walk across a roadway when you know a driver has seen that you are waiting to cross.
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