Tuesday, July 1, 2008

How to Prevent Pedestrian Accident

If you think that only drivers and passengers sustain injuries in case of collisions, you are wrong. Pedestrians are the most at risk from being seriously injured in case of mishaps.

Statistics show that pedestrian accidents are on the rise. The worse part is most of the victims are children. In the United States alone, as many as 5,000 pedestrians are killed annually because of road accidents.

Admittedly for some pedestrians, accidents happen due to their recklessness or eagerness in crossing the street. But for some pedestrian, it just so happen that they are there at that unfortunate time and place.

Regardless of the cause, pedestrian accidents, just like other accidents, are avoidable. You just have to be cautious and remember to “stop and look”.

The following tips may be helpful to prevent them:

  • always cross the street in a straight line, never in diagonal
  • avoid jaywalking
  • always walk on the pavement
  • stay visible
  • use pedestrian crossings
  • observe traffic lights and respect the signals
  • look carefully right and left when crossing major streets and highways
Unlike vehicular mishaps, pedestrian accidents are given minimal attention. As a result, only a few are aware of how to avoid them. But since it is becoming rampant, we should do something to prevent this not so spoken yet dangerous social dilemma.