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Pedestrians and drivers can work together to make the roads safe

When you were jogging, you didn't expect to be involved in a crash. You were wearing a light-colored jacket and made sure you looked both ways before entering a crosswalk. Everything should have been fine, but you didn't expect a vehicle to suddenly make a turn into you.

You were hit at a lower speed, but the landing wasn't soft. You suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and other serious injuries. You're dealing with the impact to your life as well as you can, but this has definitely been a difficult situation to deal with.

Pedestrian accidents like yours aren't uncommon

Pedestrian accidents like the one you were involved in aren't that uncommon in California. Did you know that 893 people were killed as pedestrians in 2018? On top of those deaths, around 14,000 pedestrians were injured.

The national rate of pedestrian fatalities is close to 25% less than in California, which is a major eye-opener. With no state having more pedestrian deaths, it's time to talk about ways to help prevent them.

It's not solely up to pedestrians or drivers to make the roads safer. Both parties need to be aware of each other and take steps to prevent crashes. Reports show that the number of pedestrians being hit and killed is only getting worse, so it's essential that everyone on or around the roads starts making changes.

How can drivers help prevent pedestrian crashes?

One way drivers can help is by putting away their devices. Pedestrian crashes often happen when drivers don't look up in time to see pedestrians or suddenly make a turn into a pedestrian's path. Drivers should always look at where they're going to make sure no pedestrians are in the way.

How can pedestrians minimize the risk of a crash?

Pedestrians can minimize the risk of crashes by making themselves as visible as possible. Put on a bright yellow jacket, a white T-shirt or another light-colored item.

If you're going to cross the road, always look both ways, even if you have a WALK signal. You may have the right-of-way, but that doesn't mean that a driver won't enter your path unexpectedly.

Finally, both drivers and pedestrians need to make sure that they know and follow the rules of the road. Slow down, avoid intoxication and impairment and pay attention to what is going on around you. Only by doing these things can you help prevent a serious crash with severe injuries.

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