Keeping Pedestrians Safe
People choose to walk for a variety of reasons, including personal health and fitness, convenience, and environmental reasons. However, no matter the reason a person chooses to walk, he or she is in danger when walking near a roadway. As a motorist, you can do your part to help keep pedestrians safe:
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians in neighborhoods and other residential areas. Here, people are likely to walk for exercise, often in low light conditions. Informed and prepared walkers should make sure they are highly visible by wearing reflective clothing and carrying a light source.
- Watch for small children near schools and bus stops. Exercise extreme caution when reversing out of a driveway or parking space, since children are hard to see and may not think to wait before crossing.
- Watch out for jaywalkers in busy areas. Always be prepared to stop at crosswalks and other designated crossing areas. Acknowledge the pedestrian with a wave or nod so that he or she knows that it is safe to cross in front of your vehicle.
- Educate young children about traffic safety and walking near roadways.
Sadly, even though many motorists do their best to keep pedestrians safe near roadways, accidents involving vehicle-pedestrian collisions still occur. Sometimes these accidents are the fault of a negligent driver, but in many cases, the pedestrian is at fault for failing to follow proper laws and safety precautions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, contact the Rhinelander car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to learn about your legal options.