Everyone must be aware of pedestrians for safety reasons

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2018 | Blog

People who are walking around shouldn’t have to worry about vehicles not giving them their right of way. While it is easy to assume that cars should always have the right of way since they are bigger, this isn’t the case. Pedestrians do have the right of way in some circumstances.

Everyone who is on the road, whether they are a pedestrian or a driver, should make sure that the rules and laws governing the roads are adhered to so that everyone can make it home safely at the end of the day. Any deviations from this could mean that a pedestrian suffers an injury or dies.

Intersections and crosswalks

Drivers tend to be road hogs when they are driving around pedestrians, but this isn’t the way it should be. Many people forget that pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections. Even if there isn’t a crosswalk at an intersection, it should be treated as though there is a crosswalk. It is all too easy for drivers to see pedestrians and blow through the intersection, but this can be a deadly mistake.

Common sense rules

Everyone who is on the roads must make sure that they are using common sense. This can go a long way to keeping pedestrians safe. One of the common sense rules that must be adhered to is that if pedestrians sees a car coming, they shouldn’t try to beat the car through the intersection if they don’t think that the car has time to stop. Even if pedestrians have the right of way, waiting a minute might save their lives since trying to beat the car could mean getting hit. Of course, motorists need to make sure that they are taking their time so that they can stop if they see a pedestrian. Trying to rush isn’t going to keep anyone safe.

Special circumstances

Parking lots and driveways are special areas that require more concern than other areas. Children often play in driveways so drivers must take special precautions in this space. Parking lots are usually filled with many people walking around. This means that drivers must watch what is going on around them, especially when backing up.

When a pedestrian is struck by a car, the need for medical care is usually prevalent. Broken bones, road rash, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries might all occur when a car slams into a person who is walking around.

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