Pedestrian Safety In Washington State
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration,
5,000 pedestrians are killed on the road each year in pedestrian accidents
and another 64,000 are injured in pedestrian traffic accidents. All in all, move than one out of ten fatal highway accidents involve a pedestrian and a pedestrian is hurt in a car accident every ten minutes.
How can pedestrians stay safe on the roads? There are a few things that Washington State residents can do both as a pedestrian and as a driver.
As a pedestrian, you can:
· Only cross the street at cross walks.
· Wear reflective or brightly colored clothing when walking at night.
· Do not dash into the street unexpectedly or enter the roadway from behind two cars - act predictably.
· Walk facing oncoming traffic so that you can see car approaching you.
· Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
· Be careful when walking in parking lots, where a large number of pedestrian accidents take place.
· Stay off of major highways and interstate on foot.
· Walk defensively - just because an approaching car has a red light, do not assume that it will stop or obey all traffic laws.
As a motorist, you can:
· Be aware. Pedestrians are all around us, and can even pop up in unexpected places.
· Slow down around schools and other high-traffic pedestrian areas.
· On highways and interstate, when you see a vehicle on the shoulder, move over into the left lane if possible - pedestrians can be difficult to see and avoid on highways.
· Don't assume that pedestrians will follow the rules of the road - be on the lookout for those on foot even outside of crosswalks and off of sidewalks.