There were 5,987 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if proper safety precautions were taken. Here are some pedestrian safety tips to keep you safe this summer in high traffic areas, such as the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
TIPS TO STAY SAFE
- Increase your visibility. According to NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 32 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur between 8:00 pm and 11:59 pm. It is important to make yourself visible to drivers, especially at night and during inclement weather. Make sure to wear bright or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight to illuminate your path.
- Follow traffic rules. Look for traffic signs or signals and follow them. Never assume a driver will give you the right of way.
- Walk in safe places. Always use crosswalks or street corners to cross the street, most of the time they are well lit at night. Walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks available, walk on the far side of the road facing traffic. Avoid jaywalking and walking on the highway.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Always be sure to look both ways before crossing the street. Limit your distractions by staying off your phone and taking out your headphones. Sometimes you can hear traffic before you can see it!
- Be defensive. Stay alert and anticipate what drivers might do. Give drivers extra time to stop in poor weather. Try to make eye contact with stopped drivers, just because you see them doesn’t always mean they see you!
- Avoid alcohol and drug use. In 2014, 33 percent of the pedestrians killed in accidents had a blood alcohol content above the legal driving limit. Drugs and alcohol impair your judgment and physical reflexes, avoid using them when walking on busy streets.
Injuries to pedestrians from car related accidents can be serious or even fatal. If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian-car accident, call the Brothers in Law at (757) 599-6050.
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