Navigating the streets as a pedestrian is an everyday activity that carries unexpected risks. Without the protective barriers cars provide, pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of the road. At Gunn Law Group, we believe in the importance of pedestrian safety and advocate for vigilance and precaution to prevent accidents.

Each year, the statistics are stark, with thousands of pedestrian lives lost in accidents, translating to a life lost every 88 minutes. Injuries in the hundreds of thousands further underscore the need for stringent safety measures.

Here are crucial guidelines for pedestrians to enhance safety and minimize the risk of accidents:

1. Adhere to Safe Walking Practices
Safety begins with adherence to pedestrian laws designed to protect you and others. Essential practices include:

  • Utilizing crosswalks for crossing streets.
  • Walking against traffic when sidewalks are unavailable.
  • Using pedestrian bridges and sidewalks whenever possible.
  • Abiding by pedestrian signals and avoiding jaywalking.
  • Steering clear of highways and roads where pedestrian access is forbidden.

2. Ensure You Are Visible
Visibility is a key factor in pedestrian safety. To make sure drivers can see you:

  • Establish eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Wear reflective or light-colored clothing at night.
  • Stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing streets.

3. Minimize Distractions
In today’s digital age, distractions are ever-present. To stay safe:

  • Keep your phone away and your attention on the road.
  • Avoid using headphones or engaging in activities that divert your focus from your surroundings.

4. Always Check Before Stepping Onto the Road
Never assume that vehicles will stop; always double-check:

  • Look both ways before crossing, and continue watching as you cross.
  • Be cautious of turning vehicles at intersections, even if you have the right of way.

5. Avoid Impairments
Alcohol and drugs significantly impair judgment and reaction times, contributing to a large percentage of pedestrian accidents. If you’ve consumed alcohol or drugs, avoid walking near traffic or seek a safe alternative to get home.

At Gunn Law Group, we are committed to not only representing those who have been unfortunate enough to be involved in pedestrian accidents but also to educating the community on safety measures to prevent such incidents. If you or a loved one have been affected by a pedestrian accident, our experienced team is here to help fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Reach out to us at 888 244 4866 for a consultation and let “the Big Gunn” be your advocate in these challenging times.


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