Crossing from one side of the street to the next doesn’t sound complicated, however, you shouldn’t take this activity lightly. You put yourself at risk of serious injury or death every time you do so, as you never know when a driver could make a mistake.
Here are some safety tips to follow when crossing the street:
- Obey all signs: For example, if there’s a “don’t walk” sign flashing in your face, take it seriously. Even if you don’t see vehicles in the area, you should still adhere to the sign.
- Look both ways (twice): Before you step off the curb, look both ways and then double-check what you saw the first time. If you don’t do this, instead of relying solely on the traffic signals and signs, you could step directly in front of a vehicle.
- Use crosswalks to your advantage: While not always possible, you should attempt to cross the road in designated crosswalks. Doing so makes you more visible to drivers. Also, they’re required by law to yield, which puts you in a much safer place.
- Don’t dart into traffic: It’s tempting at time, especially if you’re in a hurry, but it never makes sense to put your safety and well-being at risk.
Even if you follow these safety tips, there’s no guarantee that you’ll never suffer an injury in a car-pedestrian accident.
Should that happen, stay where you are, assess your injuries and wait for help to arrive. You should first obtain medical treatment, and then move to learn more about your legal rights and how to protect them.