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Pedestrian Safety Tips

Steve Wagner

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, and with these changes, people are bound to venture outside more often. We never want to discourage anyone from enjoying the wonderful weather, or from getting exercise and walking, but since the number of pedestrian deaths has increased in recent years, we want to take a few minutes to raise awareness for this issue and give you a few tips to stay safe as you’re enjoying your walks this summer.

The sad reality is that in 2011, 4,432 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in the United States. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that one pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every two hours, and one is injured every eight minutes.

In conjunction with the Department of Transportation’s efforts to increase awareness for pedestrian safety, here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer:

  • Teach your kids the importance of roadway safety. Always hold hands and look both ways when crossing the street. Show them how to be safe by leading with a good example.
  • Never cross the road outside of a crosswalk. Crosswalks are there for a reason, and they are meant to keep you safe by alerting vehicles of your presence. If you cross the road outside of these designated areas, vehicles do not know to watch for you.
  • When venturing out at night, always wear light-colored clothing, and wear reflectors if you have them available. Make sure you are visible to nighttime drivers.

If you are dealing with any type of injury, or walking with children or older adults who may move at a slower pace, be sure to allow adequate time to cross. If a car is coming, don’t rush and try to beat it; rather, wait until the roadway is completely clear and then cross. It is always better to wait a few extra seconds and be safe.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, give the lawyers at Wagner Reese a call and let us help you get back on your feet. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule your free consultation.

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