Pedestrians encounter danger any time they walk on or near a roadway. Protect yourself and stay alert around vehicles.
What can pedestrians do to stay safe?
- Always use sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
- Always use crosswalks. Look left, then right, then left again before crossing.
- Yield to vehicles.
- Don’t assume traffic will stop for you.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Walk to the right in crosswalks to allow others to pass on your left.
- Look left and right before exiting a bus.
- Be aware that parked cars or other obstacles can block your view of oncoming traffic.
- Exit your car on the curb side of the street if possible.
What if there is no crosswalk?
- Check for a crosswalk further up or down the street.
- Don't jaywalk. If you're hit while jaywalking, the driver may not be liable, and insurance may not cover your injuries.
What can drivers do to keep pedestrians safe?
- Always stop for pedestrians.
- Reduce your speed when approaching crosswalks.
- Yield the right of way to pedestrians when turning.
- Be careful when passing buses or stopped vehicles.
- Stay alert and put your phone away. Pedestrians may enter your path suddenly.
- Obey the speed limit and drive to conditions.
What are the laws?