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Prevent accidents with pedestrians

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2020 | Car Accidents |

If drivers do not pay attention, they may get into a collision with pedestrians. There are a few tactics drivers should follow so they do not get into this kind of accident.

Drivers can avoid collisions with pedestrians by taking a few general precautions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people can prevent pedestrian accidents by always driving the speed limit. This allows people to stop in time if someone steps into the road. Drivers should use extra caution in neighborhoods and school zones because there may be more pedestrians in these areas.

Watch the crosswalks

Drivers may often encounter pedestrians in crosswalks. The American Automobile Association says that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks. Drivers should slow down when they get near street crossings. If another car stops, drivers should not go around it because there may be pedestrians crossing the street. Additionally, drivers should make sure they leave space between the crosswalk and their vehicle. This allows other drivers to see the pedestrian.

Use caution

Drivers may be more likely to hit a pedestrian if they drive in areas that are not well-lit. Weather conditions, such as fog or heavy rain, can keep people from seeing pedestrians. Walkers may also not see cars in these conditions. Drivers should make sure they use the turn signals and keep their headlights on so pedestrians always know what the driver will do. Additionally, people may want to drive slower so they have more time to see potential hazards.

People can also prevent pedestrian accidents by staying sober. Taking drugs or drinking alcohol may keep drivers from seeing pedestrians in time.