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Steps drivers can take to avoid accidents with pedestrians

While most Connecticut residents drive their vehicles every day, many are also pedestrians each day. Whether it's simply walking from the company parking lot into the office or crossing the street to go shopping, there are times every day that people must negotiate with vehicle traffic. Both drivers and pedestrians need to be cautious so that they can avoid an accident that could potentially have devastating consequences. So here are some common sense steps that drivers can take in order to avoid injurious and fatal accidents that involve pedestrians.

A primary rule for drivers is to always look out for pedestrians. This is especially true during the night or during bad weather conditions such as rain or snow. That is because these conditions can restrict driver visibility and increase driver reaction time. Drivers should also travel slowly when turning or crossing a crosswalk since this is a very likely location for pedestrians.

Drivers also need to stop at crosswalk stop lines in order to call other drivers' attention to pedestrians. Performing this simple step can help others realize that there may be people in the walkway, allowing these motorists to yield the right of way.

Backing up a vehicle presents another potential danger for pedestrians. Drivers should always use extreme caution whenever backing up their vehicle because young children can dart across the vehicle's path without being seen by a driver. And even though many newer vehicles are now equipped with a back-up camera, drivers should still exercise care whenever backing up in order to avoid an injurious or fatal accident.

Despite taking precautions such as those mentioned above, pedestrian accidents still occur far too frequently. Any Connecticut resident who has been involved in a pedestrian accident, or who has lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, may want to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to discuss any potential legal options that may be available to recoup damages.

Source: NHTSA, "What you can do", accessed on Nov. 9, 2015

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