Sometimes the best way to get from Point A to Point B in Indianapolis is simply by walking. In fact, whether we realize it or not, most of us are pedestrians at some point during the day, even if it is simply when we are crossing the street or walking in a parking lot. Unfortunately, distracted, drunk and otherwise careless drivers often do not see pedestrians, striking them and causing injuries or fatalities. The following are some tips for drivers to increase pedestrian safety.
Keep an eye out for pedestrians
Simply put, motorists must always be aware of pedestrians in their vicinity at all times. They must be especially careful if visibility is reduced, such as when it is dark, foggy, raining or snowing. Also, motorists must be careful when reversing and look behind them to ensure there are no pedestrians behind them.
Obey rules in crosswalks
When approaching a crosswalk, motorists should reduce their speed and be prepared to stop. They must yield to a pedestrian’s right of way in a crosswalk, and make sure their vehicles do not cover the crosswalk itself, which could force the pedestrian to walk into traffic. Motorists should not pass other motorists stopped at a crosswalk — there could be pedestrians crossing the street that the passing motorist cannot see.
Watch your speed
It is important for motorists to obey the posted speed limit, especially when pedestrians are around. This is particularly important in school zones, which generally have a slower speed limit. Children can be unpredictable and might dart into traffic, so motorists have to be prepared to stop quickly if necessary.
Learn more about pedestrian accidents
Unfortunately, not all motorists will heed these tips and will drive recklessly, striking a pedestrian. When this happens, the pedestrian may want to learn more about their rights and options. Our firm’s website may be a good resource for pedestrians and others involved in car accidents.