Last week, a 68-year-old female pedestrian was hit by a car and killed in the area of Tracadie, NB. She was attempting to cross the road when she was struck by a vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing, but we believe that low visibility may have been a factor. Read the full article here.
This tragic accident reminded us how important it is for drivers and pedestrian to be vigilant. It is the responsibility of both to ensure each other’s safety.
To stay safe as a pedestrian, you should:
- Always cross at intersections or in pedestrian safety zones and be vigilant at both intersection and non-intersection locations.
- Always look up from your cell phone and other electronic devices when crossing the street.
- Turn down the volume on headphones.
- Wait for the green light (or the pedestrian ”Walk” signal) before crossing the street.
- Make sure drivers see you before you cross.
- Walk against traffic along roadsides without sidewalks or on rural streets.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially at night and avoid walking when visibility is low.
- Never assume that drivers will yield or wait for you to cross, even if you have the right-of-way.
As a motorist, you should:
- Always be aware of pedestrians, don’t forget to look in your blind spot.
- Always follow traffic signals.
- Pay particular attention to younger children walking or playing on streets and to senior citizens walking and crossing at intersections.
- Pay attention to workers in work zones.
- Slow down and be vigilant through residential streets and school zones.
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians and be prepared to yield, even if they don’t have the right-of-way.
- Be extra vigilant in low visibility conditions.
CLG Injury Law has 28 years experience advocating for pedestrians who have suffered injuries from a car accident. If you have been injured by a motorist while walking or crossing the street, Contact us to learn more about your rights at 1-844-CANTINI.