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Pedestrian safety can be improved with these driving tips

Pedestrian safety is always a concern; you don't have protection against the impact of a vehicle, and even a minor crash can cause you serious injuries. If you're working with an attorney to seek compensation for the injuries you've suffered in a recent accident, then some of this information may be helpful to you.

Were you aware that motorists have to stop for you if you're in a crosswalk? If there is a safety island, the other side of traffic doesn't have to stop for you, though, so be cautious. Interestingly, it doesn't matter if the crosswalk at an intersection is marked or not; if it's not marked, it's still there, it's just known as an unmarked crosswalk.

Motorists are not allowed to block crosswalks. Why should that be a concern? If a motorist blocks a crosswalk, the pedestrians may have to go around the vehicle, either in front of or behind it, which can put them at risk of not being seen or being struck by oncoming traffic.

On-street parking areas can be particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Motorists approaching these areas should be driving more slowly, since children could be getting out of a vehicle, doors could open or other people could appear somewhat suddenly as they retrieve their vehicles or park their cars.

Pedestrians should always yielded to, regardless of where they are. The pedestrian may not have the right of way in every circumstance, but cautious drivers may be able to save a life by slowing down and watching the roads carefully for children, elderly adults and others.

Source: State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, "Pedestrian Safety is a two-way street," accessed Oct. 22, 2015

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