Drivers across Colorado have to pay special attention to a number of hazards as they embark on their journey. Often, road users have to be wary of unstable road surfaces, obstacles that are in the way as well as other vehicles. One hazard that is often overlooked is pedestrians. When pedestrians and motor vehicles operate in close proximity, there is a significant risk of an accident occurring.
While collisions with pedestrians often result in more severe injuries for those traveling on foot, there is also a risk of harm for road users. As a result, it is worth considering some ways that you can remain safe while driving around pedestrians.
Anticipate unusual behavior
It is easy to become complacent and assume that pedestrians will stick to walkways rather than straying onto the road. However, pedestrians can behave in a manner that is unexpected. Perhaps they have had a few drinks and are rather unstable on their feet, or maybe they are listening to music rather than paying attention.
It is in your best interests to always expect the unexpected. If a pedestrian suddenly crosses in front of you, you may have to swerve quickly, which could cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Be careful at crossings
When the traffic lights hit green, you may think that the path is clear and it is safe to go. Nonetheless, a green light does not necessarily mean that hazards are not present.
Some individuals, such as elderly people, may take a little longer to cross the road. Also, a person may be trying to make a tight deadline, which means they have taken the risk of making a last-minute dash. Confusion over who has right of way is the source of many accidents, which can cause injuries to pedestrians and road users alike.
Whether you walk or drive, your safety is important, and an accident can be devastating. If you have been injured while making use of the roads, there may be legal options open to you. Find out more about the compensation that may be available.