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Safe driving tips to avoid pedestrian accidents

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2023 | Automobile Accidents

California’s bustling streets and diverse population make it a vibrant place to live and visit. However, the state’s busy roads also pose a significant risk to pedestrians. In fact, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, fatal pedestrian accidents nearly doubled from 612 in 2012 to 1,100 in 2022.

As a driver in California, it is important to be vigilant and adopt safe driving practices to prevent accidents involving pedestrians. Pedestrian safety is not only a legal responsibility but also a moral one, and understanding how to share the road safely can save lives.

Be alert at all times

Always be alert and attentive while driving, especially in areas with high pedestrian traffic such as school zones, shopping centers and residential areas. Avoid distractions like using your phone, eating or anything else that takes your focus away from the road.

Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks

California law requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Always stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked and wait until they have safely crossed the street before proceeding.

Slow down in pedestrian areas

Reduce your speed in areas where you are likely to encounter pedestrians. Slower speeds give you more time to react if a pedestrian unexpectedly steps onto the road.

Watch for children and elderly pedestrians

Children and elderly pedestrians may not always follow traffic rules or be visible. Be extra cautious around schools, parks and senior centers. Anticipate sudden movements and give them plenty of space.

Never pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks

If a vehicle has stopped at a crosswalk, do not pass it. There may be a pedestrian crossing that you cannot see, and you may accidentally cause a car accident with other vehicles unaware of your intentions.

Use turn signals

Always use your turn signals to indicate your driving intentions. This alerts pedestrians to your actions, especially when you are turning at intersections.

Remember, keeping pedestrians safe is a shared responsibility, and your actions can make a significant difference in preventing accidents and injuries.