October is National Pedestrian Safety Month: What that Means and How It’s Handled

October 2020 brings us the first-ever Pedestrian Safety Month. This is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) attempt to make pedestrians safer throughout the country. Keep reading to learn what this means for you whether you are driving or a pedestrian, then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident.

The Agency Says Everyone Has a Role to Play in Keeping Pedestrians Safe

In their press briefing, the NHTSA Deputy Administrator said that just about everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their day, especially when the great outdoors are considered safer than indoors during the COVID pandemic. The D.A. notes that everyone has a role to play in keeping pedestrians safe and reducing pedestrian deaths on the road, from drivers to pedestrians themselves.

The Organization Notes That Collaboration is the Key

According to the organization, partnership and collaboration are key. They are looking at various organizations and groups to work with. The goal of lowering the number of fatal and serious pedestrian injuries is a goal that many organizations share, and they must work together to help keep pedestrians safer.

Each Week New Driving Behaviors Will Be Highlighted

The plan for the first pedestrian safety month will involve a new driving behavior being highlighted each week. The issues looked at will be those that pose risks to pedestrians or options for improving pedestrian safety. There are resources available for states and local communities to see, address, and improve pedestrian safety issues. They include things like data visualization tools, social media graphics, and safety tips.

Tips to Stay Safer as a Pedestrian

When you are walking in California, there are several things you can do to stay safer. First and foremost, do not assume that cars will stop. It is true that in many cases, you have the right of way. That said, if a car doesn’t see you or chooses not to follow the law, as the pedestrian, you stand a much higher chance of serious injury.

Second, only cross at crosswalks if possible. If you must cross when there is not a crosswalk, go to an intersection where you can clearly see traffic coming from both sides. Wait until it is clear to walk the entire street – do not walk when one side is clear and wait in the middle of the street for the second side to clear.

If you are at a crosswalk, do not walk until you get the walk sign – even if it is all clear, and it seems safe. A fast-moving car could come around a bend faster than you think. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, make sure you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 as soon as possible for a free legal consultation.