As New York City takes the next steps to reopen the city’s economy, more people are expected to be on the streets. More pedestrians mean the potential for more accidents. Drivers may not be used to crowded streets after many people spent most of their time in their homes. There are some important things that drivers need to be aware of now that there are more people out and about.
Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
It is important for both drivers and pedestrians to remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Drivers especially have a duty to stay alert. Pedestrians present a low profile and can be unpredictable at times, so it is crucial to focus on what’s around you.
Slow Down in Pedestrian Areas
Taking it slow when there are pedestrians around, especially at intersections, can give you more time to react. Even a fraction of a second can make a huge difference in preventing a pedestrian accident.
Look For Eye Contact
Pedestrians want to know that you see them before they cross the street. Making eye contact with pedestrians can help communicate that you are aware of their presence, and it is safe for them to cross. It can also avoid any confusion that could result in tragedy.
Observe School Zone and School Bus Rules
Kids can be unpredictable and don’t always look both ways before darting out into the street. For this reason, there are special rules for drivers in school zones and around school buses. Follow school crossing guard commands. In addition, never take the chance of disregarding a school bus stop sign.
If the Car in Front of You Stops
Don’t make assumptions if the car in front of you stops. You may be tempted to drive around them, but they could have stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross, and you could end up causing an accident. Leave enough following distance to stop when the car in front of you does and avoid darting into traffic.
Take the Weather Into Account
When the weather’s bad, you may not be able to control your vehicle as well. Leave plenty of space for stopping. This will give you more time to react to pedestrian behavior.
Contact a New York City Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should consult with an experienced accident attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping the injured. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.