Particularly in the United States, cyclists and pedestrians are allotted inconsistent amounts of space, if at all, to share with drivers on the road. These inconsistencies, among other facts lead to many deaths and injuries each year. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 4,700 pedestrians are killed each year. Bicyclists account for about 750 deaths annually – neither statistic shows any signs of dropping according to data in recent years.
Of course, no driver intends to deliberately injure pedestrians or cyclists. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. Fortunately, most of these accidents can be avoided simply by taking extra precautionary steps. Avoiding collisions with pedestrians and cyclists is as easy as:
Watch the Road
More and more traffic accidents are occurring as a result of distracted driving. Be it texting and driving, distracting conversations, reading or even eating, distracted driving accounts for over 3,500 deaths and countless injuries per year. Avoiding a collision is as easy as paying attention while driving and pulling over if necessary to address distractions.
Mind the Right Turn
Many collisions occur when turning right at a red light. This maneuver is allowed provided it’s safe to do so and extra care should be taken when doing so. When approaching a red light, come to a full stop and carefully examine the crosswalk or sidewalk. Then take care to check mirrors for any incoming cyclists or pedestrians before proceeding with a right turn.
Mind the Curb
Some sidewalks are placed very close to the road. If the sidewalk is thin, make sure to keep a safe distance from the sidewalk without straying into the next lane.
Slow Down for Cyclists
Cyclists often have their own lane albeit a small one. In the event the bicycle lane is too thin, slow down slightly when passing a cyclist. Take extra care to drive at a safe distance from the cyclist for reduced chanced of impact.
Taking these safety precautions into account can ensure you’re doing your part in making the roads safe for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike. But even so accidents do happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian/ cyclist accident, contact a personal injury lawyer who can help. The personal attorneys at The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C. can help fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C. today for your consultation.