As the weather gets nicer, it becomes more tempting to go out for a walk. While walking instead of driving is better for your health, the environment, and your wallet, remember that pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the road. According to a recent report from KCAL9, distracted driving is causing a spike in hit and run crashes involving pedestrians (meaning the driver flees the scene immediately after the crash). In a lot of these accidents, the pedestrian isn’t even at fault.
The old cliche of looking both ways before you cross the street may not be enough to keep you safe on your morning walk. Review these tips for pedestrian safety and read below for information on how to survive a hit and run.
If you see a car coming but can’t get out of the way in time:
Watch the video from KCAL9 below, and you’ll see, not all accidents are pedestrians’ fault. Even people who practice perfect pedestrian safety can become victims of hit and run accidents when a distracted driver careens onto the sidewalk. Since cars move so much faster than pedestrians, when a car comes out of nowhere, those on foot often don’t have time to get out of the way.
Luckily, this report also offers a potential solution.