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Can you take steps to be a safer pedestrian?

Whether you are walking to work, joining your children while their ride their bikes to school, or crossing the parking lot into the supermarket, you are considered a pedestrian in California. While it would be nice to assume that all drivers recognize you 100 percent of the time, there are incidents when driver distraction, obstruction or even carelessness can create a dangerous disaster. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe as a pedestrian so you can avoid injury. 

According to AAA Exchange, some of the proactive efforts you can take to stay safe include the following:

  • Always follow the traffic rules that have been designed to protect you. For example, use crosswalks, crossing signals, flags and sidewalks whenever possible. Wait your turn to cross the street and make sure you are confident that all drivers have seen you before you enter the roadway.
  • Never consume alcohol if you anticipate walking somewhere around cars and traffic. Doing so can impair your ability to make effective decisions and respond to potential hazards you may encounter.
  • Avoid distractions including iPods, phones, reading and eating while walking. Distractions may withdraw your attention and put you in harm's way if you do not recognize danger before it is too late.
  • Practice visibility by wearing brightly colored clothing and using crossing resources like flags, when possible.
  • Limit your walking to areas that have been designed for pedestrians. Places like sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian tunnels or walkways are all designed to keep you out of harm's way.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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