Protecting Ourselves as Pedestrians

Walking can be a great form of exercise and even a good way to get out of the house these days. But accidents do happen and pedestrian safety is something we need to keep on our minds as walking may be increased these last few months. 

According to the CDC, “In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. That’s about one death every 88 minutes”. Here are great steps we can take to protect ourselves as pedestrians:

  • Make sure you are visible 

Try to always be on a sidewalk or path during a walk. If one is not available walk facing traffic and as far away from traffic as possible.

Be sure to not wear dark clothing especially if it is dark outside. Consider reflective clothing. 

Walk in well lit areas when you can. 

  • Do not walk impaired

According to the NHTSA, “An estimated 33% of fatal pedestrian crashes in 2018 involved a pedestrian who was drunk”. This shows it is important that we stay above the influence not only when driving but also while out walking.

  • Be aware/alert

As a pedestrian you still need to follow road rules. 

When crossing the street use crosswalks when possible.

Try and make eye contact with drivers as they stop to be sure they have seen you. 

Don’t use headphones. Wearing headphones may interfere with hearing car horns or sirens.