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Driving Safely Around Pedestrians

pedestrian safety: driving safety tips

Pedestrians always have the right away: it's a rule that most drivers should or do know. However, many times drivers are the behind horrible pedestrian accidents because they failed to respect the rules of the road or were distracted for a split-second. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average, in 2017 a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in traffic accidents. Likely, that number has increased since then. To protect those around you and yourself from a potential pedestrian accident and lawsuit, we laid out some of the NHTSA's top tips for driving safely around pedestrians: check them out below!

pedestrian safety: driving safety tips

According to the NHTSA, "Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but at one time or another everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, there was a more than 3% increase in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2018, totaling 6,283 deaths. " To drive defensively and prevent further accidents, we've supplied some of the top safety tips to remember while driving around pedestrians.

1. always look for pedestrians

Safety for both you and pedestrians is a shared responsibility. As a driver, always look out for pedestrians at all times and everywhere.

2. Slow Down at crosswalks

The NHTSA says to "slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk."

3. use caution in hard-to-see conditions

Storms, fog, and driving at night can make it difficult to see pedestrians. Make sure to drive cautiously in hard-to-see conditions.

4. never driver the influence of drugs or alcohol

Enough said! Drugs and alcohol impair drivers' judgment and abilities. Keep yourself and others on the road safe by never driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

5. adjust your speed

The NHTSA recommends for drivers to "Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present."

6. be careful when backing up

Pedestrians can easily move into your path, especially when you are backing up. Be extra cautious when going in reverse, and check your mirrors.

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