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Pedestrian Safety: What You Need To Know

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but at one time or another everyone is a pedestrian. When drivers maintain safe speeds and practice other safe driving behaviors, safer walking environments are created for you, your loved ones and others in our community.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 6,205 pedestrian were killed and and estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured in the United States.  A pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes in traffic crashes in 2019.

Taking the following safety precautions can help reduce these tragic accidents.

  1. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  2. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  3. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  4. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
  5. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
  6. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
  7. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
  8. Embrace walking as a healthy form of transportation – get up, get out and get moving

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident while walking, please contact our office at 816-888-8010 or simply click here to complete our online questionnaire.