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Pedestrian Safety on Walk To Work Day

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As we approach National Walk to Work Day this Friday, April 7th, here are some tips to ensure you arrive to work safe and sound:

Stand Out

  • Wear brightly colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • If you’re walking at night, have a flashlight.
  • Only walk or cross the street in well-lit areas at night.
  • Steer clear of visual obstacles such as buses, hedges, parked cars so drivers can see you.

Be Alert

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk as far onto the shoulder as possible, facing traffic.
  • Don't assume anything. Don’t assume cars can see you. Don’t assume they will stop for you. Make veye contact with drivers, ensuring they see you face-to-face. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not see you he or be paying enough attention to notice you or to drive safely.
  • Don't rely solely on signals. Always look before you cross the road, even when signs tell you, that you have the right-of-way.
  • Take note of engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.  If the car is on, it could move at any moment.
  • Look twice in both directions before crossing a street.
  • Be on guard for turning vehicles. Make sure the driver sees you and is ready to stop for you. When in doubt, let them pass.
  • Ensure all lanes are visually clear before crossing. Do not assume all drivers in all lanes can see you and will stop for you.

Obey the Law

  • Wherever possible and available, use crosswalks.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Don’t drink and walk. Walking while under the influence of drink or drugs increases your chance of being struck by a car.
  • Don't walk distracted. Avoid wearing headphones or talking on a cell phone while crossing.

For more on the subject of pedestrian safety, request our free resource, The Essential Guide to Pedestrian Safety.

Our goal is your safety and well-being. If you need help or guidance on a pedestrian accident case, give us a call toll-free at (877) 721-7201 or drop us a line.

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