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What drivers owe pedestrians on the road

In our last post, we highlighted how warmer weather will usher in a wave of motorcycles on the road and how drivers will have to “re-learn” how to share the road. Warmer temperatures also will bring more foot traffic to our streets.

More people will walk during the morning hours (especially students going to class) ride their bikes and taking morning runs. As such, drivers must pay more attention to pedestrians and use reasonable care in looking out for them.

This post will highlight a few of the things that a driver must do as part of their duty to use reasonable care.

Limit distracted driving habits – It may go without saying, but drivers must limit distractions while behind the wheel. This means putting away cell phones, because texting or even dialing numbers could result in hitting a pedestrian.

Yield the right of way to pedestrians – It may just be a measure of common courtesy, but drivers should stop to let pedestrians cross. Indeed, jaywalking may be rude and inconvienent to drivers, but consider this:  pedestrians don’t have metal cages to protect them from harm.  

Don’t drink and drive – You would be surprised with how many drivers cause accidents when they think they are okay to drive when they were actually intoxicated. If a driver’s judgment is substantially compromised by alcohol, pedestrians are in serious danger.

Mind speed limits – Excessive speed is just as dangerous compared to alcohol consumption. A driver travelling above the speed limit may not have enough time to avoid a pedestrian.

If you have been injured in a car-pedestrian accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you. 

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