Jim Reed wrote a blog post on Wednesday about two pedestrian accidents on Clemens Center Parkway in Elmira. His post underscores a message from Elmira Police Chief Michael Robertson who, in WETM TV coverage said, “These accidents are preventable. Every one of them is preventable. People need to take time to stop, look, and listen.”
While Jim’s post emphasized the importance of not driving distracted, what are measures that pedestrians can take to avoid accidents?
Here are some standard tips for pedestrians to avoid accidents:
- Just like drivers, don’t walk or bike distracted! Talking on a cell phone will only distract you if cars come speeding toward you or if a traffic signal changes.
- Take your time. I know this is easier said than done, but studies have shown that most pedestrian accidents occur simply because the pedestrian was in a hurry to cross the road. Taking your time and waiting until the road is absolutely clear could literally save your life.
- Stay visible. If walking or biking at night, be sure to wear reflective gear.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Try to cross at crosswalks or marked walkways.
- When walking on sidewalks, remember to watch out for cars backing out of driveways.
- Always double check the road before crossing. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing a street to ensure they stop.
Over 5,000 pedestrians die each year in the U.S. because they are hit by cars or bikes. Most of the victims are children, so the importance of sharing these simple tips with your kids and teaching them basic safety tips cannot be understated.
We have all seen pedestrians breaking traffic rules or putting themselves in dangerous positions on the roads. The recent pedestrian accidents on Clemens Center Parkway, however, show that many people drive distracted and it is important for both drivers and pedestrians to, in the words of Elmira Police Chief Michael Robertson, “stop, look, and listen.” Even though pedestrians have the right of way, you can never be too careful!
Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, New York 14902-1338
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