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Traffic congestion and pedestrian accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Traffic congestion is a common issue in busy urban areas. Unfortunately, it can increase the risk of pedestrian accidents.

With more cars on the road and pedestrians navigating crowded streets, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers and take steps to prevent accidents.

Crosswalks and eye contact

When crossing the street, always use designated crosswalks and follow traffic signals. Crosswalks are designed to provide a safe path for pedestrians to cross the road, and following traffic signals helps ensure that drivers can see you and stop accordingly. When crossing in front of vehicles, try to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you and are aware of your presence. Establishing visual contact can help prevent accidents caused by miscommunication or misunderstandings between pedestrians and drivers.

Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid distractions such as texting or listening to loud music while walking in areas with heavy traffic congestion. Staying alert and aware of your environment can help you react quickly to potential hazards and avoid accidents.

Walk facing traffic

If there are no sidewalks available, walk facing oncoming traffic to increase your visibility to drivers. Walking against the flow of traffic allows you to see approaching vehicles and gives you the opportunity to move out of the way if necessary. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing bright or reflective clothing and using a flashlight when walking at night can increase visibility. Being visible to drivers can help prevent accidents and ensure your safety as a pedestrian.

In places with considerable traffic congestion, it is important to stay patient and wait for a safe opportunity to cross the street. Rushing to cross in front of oncoming traffic or taking unnecessary risks can put you in danger of becoming involved in an accident. Prioritizing pedestrian safety and taking proactive steps to prevent accidents can help you stay safe and avoid potential dangers in areas with high levels of traffic congestion.


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