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Important points about pedestrian safety

When drivers are near people walking, they must keep a close eye on the pedestrians to try to keep them safe. Walkers must also take the time to ensure that they are doing what they can do to remain safe while they are walking.

There are many things that can help. Here are a few points to remember about pedestrians so these devastating accidents can be avoided.

Crosswalks are important

Crosswalks are a necessity for pedestrians, especially in large cities like Houston. Anyone taking a stroll should know where the crosswalks are located. They should also be sure that they are only crossing when the light shows that it is their turn.

Motorists should remember that pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk. Many motorists choose to zoom through the city's streets and disregard crosswalks while they are on the road, which is a recipe for disaster. It is imperative that any driver who is near a crosswalk take the time to drive safely through the city.

Children need extra care!

Another time everyone has to be careful is when children are present. This involves the areas near schools, parks and neighborhoods. Children, especially younger children, won't recognize dangers in the same way as adults. This puts them at an increased risk of being struck.

This is one reason why school zones have lower speed limits. Motorists on the roadways near children should make sure that they are watching out for them. Parents of kids who walk should make sure that the children understand the basics of using crosswalks and walking near vehicles.

Road conditions matter greatly

The road conditions determine some of the ways that vehicles will maneuver. It is often easier for someone on foot to stop walking in rainy conditions than it is for a car to stop on a slick road. Pedestrians and motorists should keep the increased stopping distance for cars in mind when they are moving around the city. By working together, pedestrians and motorists may be able to reduce the risks that pedestrians face while they are walking.

When a pedestrian is struck by a car, the resulting injuries are sometimes devastating. It is prudent for the injured person to seek compensation from the driver of the vehicle. This depends on several factors, so it is imperative that you understand how the circumstances of the accident can impact your case.

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