Late on April 18, a 26-year-old man was struck by a vehicle, suffering non-life threatening injuries. Because the man had crossed the street in the middle of the road, rather than at a crosswalk, the pedestrian was cited. As a pedestrian, you need to be careful when crossing the street, and there are certain things you should never assume.
- Never assume the driver is always to blame for an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. If you are not using the crosswalk, if you run right in front of a vehicle to cross the street, or if you are otherwise not being a safe pedestrian, you could be held either partly or fully responsible for a wreck with a vehicle.
- Never assume you are safe walking down the middle of a road, even if there is generally minimal traffic. An unexpected vehicle could arrive, causing a serious accident.
- Never assume a driver sees you and is going to stop. Stepping into the road before a vehicle has stopped can be especially dangerous if the speed limit is fairly high, if weather conditions cause low visibility, or if it is dark outside.
- Never assume you are safe to walk home when you are intoxicated or otherwise impaired. While it might be easy to assume you should walk home rather than drive home, neither option is really safe. Tripping and falling in the middle of the road or off the sidewalk is just one problem you may encounter. Lack of proper judgment is another problem you may have.
- Never assume you can make it safely across the street when the “Don’t Walk” signal is lit up. If it starts flashing while you are crossing the street, continue across the street in a quick and safe manner. If it starts flashing before you start across the street, wait to cross the street.