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How to stay safe as a pedestrian in Brooklyn

Let’s face it, driving in Brooklyn is a real hassle and you cannot always rely on buses or trains to be on time. Many people in Brooklyn simply find it easier to walk where they need to go. Unfortunately, being a pedestrian carries some risks including the risk that you could be struck by a car. The following are some tips for pedestrians and motorists in Brooklyn to follow to avoid being the victim of an auto-pedestrian accident.

Tips for pedestrians

Pedestrians should always try to obey the rules of the road. This means avoiding darting out into traffic or otherwise behaving in an unpredictable way. While children might have a hard time discerning what is safe and what is not, adults know to follow road signs and traffic signals. Pedestrians should walk on the sidewalk when one is available. If no sidewalks are available pedestrians should walk against traffic as far away from moving vehicles as possible. Distracted walking should be avoided — keep your attention on your surroundings not your cellphone. Finally, when crossing the street try to make eye contact with motorists so you know you are seen. Be aware of cars backing out of driveways or parking spots.

Tips for motorists

Motorists in Brooklyn should always keep an eye out for pedestrians whenever they are driving. This is especially true when visibility is limited such as at night or when it is raining, foggy or snowy. Care at crosswalks must also be taken. Motorists must slow down and stop at crosswalks and yield to pedestrians when the pedestrian has the right of way and avoiding passing vehicles at crosswalks. Drunk driving should always be avoided. Motorists should also avoid speeding especially where children are present such as in school zones and parks. Finally, motorists should make sure to look behind them before reversing to avoid striking a pedestrian behind them.

Learn more about pedestrian accidents in Brooklyn

Pedestrians are especially vulnerable if struck by a car as they have the protection a vehicle provides such as seat belts, air bags or crumple-zones. If you are injured in an auto-pedestrian accident you will want to make sure you understand your rights and options. Our firm’s webpage on motor vehicle accidents may be a good resource for those in Brooklyn wanting to learn more about this topic.