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How can pedestrians help prevent fatal accidents?

Many states, including Connecticut, have now introduced laws that require drivers to stop for pedestrians who are walking in clearly marked crosswalks. There are also many public service ads that are meant to increase driver awareness about the potential danger that motor vehicles present to pedestrians. But, what about the second half of this equation; are there also steps that pedestrians can take to help prevent fatal accidents?

One of the first things pedestrians can do to avoid a fatal accident is to be predictable when walking in a crosswalk or on the side of the road. That means that they should obey all traffic rules at all times, just like motor vehicle drivers, and follow any traffic signals and signs that are posted. They also shouldn't decide to quickly change directions or suddenly run out into the road, and they should always look "left-right-left" before crossing.

Pedestrians should also always walk while facing traffic. This allows them to see the vehicle traffic patterns that are approaching and lets the drivers see what type of pedestrian traffic is approaching as well. If there is no sidewalk area, pedestrians should then walk on the road as far away from oncoming traffic as possible.

While texting and talking on a cell phone distracts drivers, this type of behavior can also affect pedestrians as well. It can distract them from paying attention to the vehicles that are on the road, thereby reducing their situational awareness. Pedestrians should also wear bright colored clothes during the day and clothes that are reflective at night.

Any Connecticut resident who has been involved in a pedestrian accident may want to get more information in order to investigate all possible legal avenues that may exist.

Source: nhtsa.gov, "What you can do", Accessed Nov. 15, 2015

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