Pedestrian accidents are often severe and can lead to serious injuries or death for the pedestrian. With California’s balmy weather, it’s easy and fun to walk where you need to go, putting more pedestrians on the street than in other places in the U.S. Reduce your risk of a pedestrian accident with these helpful tips.
Behaviors That Increase Pedestrian Risk
Wearing headphones while walking.
Wearing headphones when you’re walking along the street near traffic can make it more difficult for you to hear your surroundings. You won’t be able to hear if a car gets too close to you or if someone is honking at you, especially if they are noise-canceling headphones.
You should always cross the road at intersections and wait for the light to let you know when it’s safe to cross. Jaywalking, or crossing the street at any point that isn’t a crosswalk, increases your risk of being hit by a car even if you look both ways before crossing.
Walking at night wearing dark clothing.
It’s a good idea to make sure that vehicles can see you when you are walking along the road, especially at night. Wear bright clothing during the day and light clothing at night. Wearing dark clothing after sundown makes you much more difficult to see and increases the risk that you’ll be hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Using your cell phone while walking.
It can be tempting to check your cell phone if you get a notification while you’re walking, but you should wait to until you are in a safe place before you check it. Distracted pedestrians often dart out in front of cars or miss important safety cues. Instead, you should walk to a grassy spot up on the side of the road or the corner of a parking lot where people won’t be driving to get on your phone.
Walking in the same direction as traffic.
You should always walk against traffic so you can see the cars coming towards you and the drivers of those cars can more easily see you. If you walk in the same direction of traffic, the cars will be coming at you from behind, which significantly raises the risk that you’ll be sideswiped by a car or hit from behind.
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