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Looking both ways is not enough for pedestrians

Parents teach their children to look both ways before they cross the street. It's often advice that they repeat over and over again. They just want to keep them safe.

It is good advice, and parents should not stop telling their children to do it. However, it does not go far enough. Auto-pedestrian accidents just keep happening. Other important tips to make a crash less likely include the following:

  • Always use a crosswalk if you can.
  • If possible, use a light-controlled crosswalk with traffic signals.
  • Even without a crosswalk, use corners and intersections.
  • Look three times, not two: Left, right, left.
  • When crossing in front of a car, try to make eye contact with the person behind the wheel.
  • Never assume that a driver sees you.
  • Wear bright colors when walking or running near a road.
  • Do not walk with your headphones in or while looking down at your phone.
  • Wear lights or reflective clothes when walking after dark or at dusk.
  • Remember that many drivers only watch other cars and do not look for pedestrians; this is especially dangerous when they are turning left and may try to rush through a gap in the oncoming traffic.
  • Even when you have the right of way, assume drivers will make mistakes and walk defensively.
  • Never start walking when the "Don't Walk" sign has already begun flashing.

These tips can absolutely help, but nothing guarantees you won't get injured. Make sure you know what steps to take to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost future earning potential and much more.

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