According to the NHTSA, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011, which was an 8 percent increase since 2009. To avoid pedestrian accidents and fatalities, we all must drive safely and utilize crosswalks appropriately.
For Drivers: Make sure to always be on the lookout for pedestrians on sidewalks and medians. If you are driving the speed limit, you will have ample time to stop at a red light to let a pedestrian cross the street. Make sure you are a defensive, not an aggressive, driver.
For Pedestrians: The most important thing to do is utilize crosswalks appropriately. Never cross a street without using the crosswalk, and be sure to only cross once the crosswalk prompts you to do so. For Children walking to school, they should wait for the crosswalk guard to stop traffic and help them cross the street safely.
For Drivers: Always look twice for bikes before changing lanes or making turns onto a street. Sometimes bikes are hard to see, and especially so if it is a child’s bike. Be sure to drive a safe distance away from the bike lane as well.
For Bikers: If your child is riding his or her bike to school, make sure he or she is wearing a helmet. Before they ride to school in the morning, be sure to check the air in the tires. If your child rides his or her bike to school alone, make sure to ride with them a few times to make sure they understand the safest route.
We here at the Martindale Law Group wish you and your family a safe a fruitful school year. Remember to continue to check back on our website, Facebook, and Twitter for more tips on how to drive safe and be a safe pedestrian.