Everyday you hear about accidents involving pedestrians. The reason is because people are often careless about where they’re walking. They’re not mindful of their surroundings, they think that cars are always going to stop to give them the right of way, and some people just plain think they’re invincible. But people aren’t invincible and that’s why all pedestrians need to be cautious in traffic. That means looking both ways before you cross the street, never assuming someone is going to give you the right of way, and always taking the proper precautions so that every driver on the road sees you and knows you’re there. As long as you do these things, you will be able to go about your business without being involved in a traffic accident that you may not survive.
Cars are very useful for getting us where we need to go, but they’re also two thousand plus pound machines. A person wouldn’t stand a chance if they were hit by one of these cars. Every person should know and realize this. Yet it never fails; there’s always that person who rushes across the street without a care as cars honk and swerve to avoid hitting him. Most of the time these people are just in a hurry and they never consider that they could be hit by a car. Everyone thinks that a traffic accident is going to happen to someone else. But if you don’t watch where you’re going, you are going to be the subject of the next early morning news story involving a pedestrian and a fast moving car.
Watch Your Surroundings
No matter where you’re walking to, and even if you’re just walking along the sidewalk, always be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of where traffic is, which direction it’s traveling and make sure you position yourself so that you’re seen by these drivers. If you’re going to cross the street, look both ways before you cross at an intersection. Never “jaywalk”! Never take chances! It’s better to be late going somewhere than to not arrive at all. As long as you keep a keen eye for any traffic and you’re watchful of where you step, you’ll have a much better chance of reaching your destination.
Right of Way
While it’s true that pedestrians have the right of way when crossing a roadway in a marked crosswalk, when it comes to traffic, you should never rely on this fact. Never assume that a car is going to stop to let you pass in front of them. Remain cautious at all times when dealing with a vehicle when you’re on foot. It’s better to let the car go by, even if you have to wait a few seconds longer.
If you’re a pedestrian dealing with traffic at night, make sure you wear reflective or bright clothing so that drivers always know you’re there. If it’s daytime, make sure you walk towards traffic so that you see them and they see you. Never wear black at night while dealing with traffic, and never cross a street unless the drivers know you’re there. As long as they know you’re there, you have a better chance of reaching the other side of the street in one piece, which is the goal of every pedestrian exercising caution in traffic.
Use the crosswalk!
The Petersen Johnson law firm offers free consultations, so don’t accidentally waive your rights or the compensation that is due you if you are involved in an accident with a moving vehicle while walking.