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How can drivers protect pedestrians?

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2021 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Walking is a great form of exercise, and it also allows us to enjoy Ohio’s beautiful fall weather. For all its benefits, walking is also hazardous when motorists do not pay sufficient attention.

While both motorists and pedestrians must follow certain rules and regulations, drivers have a bigger responsibility when it comes to safety. Here are a few safe driving tips recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to keep everyone secure on the road.

Do not pass vehicles at a cross-walk

Cross-walks provide pedestrians a designated area to traverse the street or road. Motorists must exercise caution around cross-walks at all times, especially those located around schools or playgrounds. This entails never passing a stopped vehicle at an intersection, as they are likely letting pedestrians pass in front of their vehicles.

Avoid driving distractions

Driving distractions do not only involve the use of a mobile device. Eating while driving, talking with passengers, and changing the radio station can also cause a driver to lose focus. That is why motorists must pay full attention to driving at all times. Doing so can prevent a major accident, especially in heavily populated areas.

Drive carefully when visibility is low

Visibility is naturally worse at night, so drivers should adjust their speed and remain extra vigilant for pedestrians. These precautions are also crucial during storms and inclement weather, as driving slowly provides more time to react to an unexpected situation.

As a pedestrian, there are also certain things you can do to protect yourself. Use sidewalks whenever possible, make sure you are visible when walking at night, and never assume a driver will let you pass, even if you have the right of way. If you or a loved one has been injured by a car while on foot, please contact Conlon Tarker, P.C. to discuss your options.

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