As a pedestrian, there will be times when you need to make your way to the other side of the street. This may sound easy enough — until you take a look around and realize that there are cars everywhere.
There are a variety of tips you can follow to reduce the risk of an accident:
- Always cross at a crosswalk: Unless you absolutely have no choice, you should only cross at a crosswalk. Drivers are required by law to yield to pedestrians. Furthermore, they’re more likely to take notice of you here.
- Don’t dart into traffic: For example, if you’re late for a meeting, you may be tempted to cross the street at your first opportunity. But if you do this, you greatly increase the risk of being struck by a motor vehicle.
- Follow the traffic signals: At a crosswalk, there may be a light that tells you when to walk and when to stay where you are. Don’t ignore these signals, as they’re designed to keep you safe. When you’re told you can walk, it means that traffic is stopped.
These are just a few of the many tips you can follow to maintain your safety as a pedestrian when crossing a busy street.
If you’re injured in a car-pedestrian accident, move to safety, if possible, and then call for help. With no protection, there’s a good chance you’ve suffered a serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or broken bones.
Upon receiving treatment and implementing a recovery plan, you can take steps to hold the negligent driver responsible for your injuries and other damages.