There are several ways that drivers can help keep the roadways safe for pedestrians they share them with. By following some safety tips, drivers can improve pedestrian safety and avoid pedestrian accidents which can lead to personal injury claims to aid victims harmed by negligent drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has several important safety tips for drivers including:
- Drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians at all times.
- Drivers should exercise increased caution when driving in conditions that make it more difficult to see pedestrians such as in night time driving conditions or poor weather.
- Drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop when approaching a crosswalk.
- Drivers should always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and stop far back from the crosswalk so other drivers can better see around them.
- Drivers should never pass another vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk because there may be pedestrians they do not see.
- Drivers should use extra caution when backing up and keep a eye out for pedestrians that may be behind them.
- Drivers should abide by speed limits, especially in school zones, neighborhoods where children are present and in areas with high pedestrian traffic.
- Drivers should never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Pedestrian accidents can result in grave injuries for victims. Victims of pedestrian accidents have legal protections available to assist them in recovering compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accident victims should be aware of the legal remedies and resources available to help them with the harm they have suffered.