As a pedestrian in Illinois, you are always at risk of being involved in an accident due to the negligence, distraction or impairment of other motorists on the road. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to heighten your safety as a pedestrian and reduce your risk of being involved in a serious auto-pedestrian accident.
According to AAA Exchange, you can be an attentive and alert pedestrian by taking the following actions:
- Walk safely: While you may be tempted to take shortcuts across the street or try and beat on-coming traffic, it is imperative to walk safely. Some of the things you should always do include using a crosswalk when available, staying on the sidewalk and walking in well-lit areas. You should never walk along the side of freeways or busy highways as they are extremely dangerous.
- Stay sober: Walking if you are impaired by drugs or alcohol of any kind can significantly reduce your ability to make smart decisions. If you plan to walk somewhere around cars, make sure you are well-rested, alert and completely sober.
- Make sure you are seen: Never assume that drivers see you. Whenever you are preparing to cross a street, look for signs that the driver sees you and has acknowledged you. When you are confident that they have stopped and are waiting for you, you can begin crossing the street.
- Follow the rules: Be observant of all traffic laws so you can make knowledgeable decisions when crossing streets. Use signals, crosswalks and sidewalks where possible and encourage others to do the same.
Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions that could take your eyes off of the road.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice.