Pedestrians fill the communities, crosswalks, streets and sidewalks of Redlands and San Bernardino County throughout the day and night. Unfortunately, modern drivers face many distractions both inside their vehicle and out – resulting in accidents often far more harmful to the people involved than a vehicle to vehicle collision.
A Tragic Event, on the Rise
In short, pedestrian auto accidents often end tragically.
In California, pedestrians have the right of way. While there are circumstances where a pedestrian may be adding to the cause of an accident, the burden often rests with the driver of the vehicle.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, pedestrian safety is at risk as the number of accidents and severity of collisions are on the rise. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), states that 2018 saw a 3% rise in vehicle to pedestrian collisions and expects that figure to rise again in 2019.
In 2018 alone, 6,283 pedestrians were killed nationally in traffic accidents. The exact number of non-fatal accidents is not tracked. This means every 83 minutes a pedestrian is killed in the United States by a vehicle.
Source 1: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/pedestrian
Source 2: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety
10 Safe Walking Tips for Pedestrians Safety
- Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Keep alert, avoid electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
- Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.