Spring break is just around the corner, and many families are starting to plan, or finalize their plans, for their vacation. Whether you’re going to the beach in a crowded city or a small-town ski resort, you and your family might be doing a lot of walking, biking, and driving. Pedestrian safety is extremely important during spring break time because there is a sharp increase in the number of pedestrians during this time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), there are nearly 5,000 pedestrian deaths every year in motor vehicle-related accidents. There are some ways to be more cautious of these pedestrian dangers during this high tourism season.
As a driver:
–Give pedestrians the right of way: No matter what, pedestrians should have the right of way, so as a driver, it is your responsibility to honor that law. Many pedestrians might not be fully aware of all the traffic and signal laws, so cover your brake and be vigilant.
–Be responsible: Drunk driving is the number one cause of pedestrian deaths and injuries, especially during spring break. Never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. If you plan on drinking for the day and/or night, take an Uber or Lyft ride instead or have a responsible family member or friend be the designated sober driver.
As a pedestrian:
–Follow the crosswalk rules: Even though, as a pedestrian, you usually have the right of way, some of those driver rules might go out of the window during the busy spring break season. To keep you and your family safe, always use designated crosswalks and look both ways every time you walk across the street.
–Don’t “drink and walk”: When there are multiple drivers and pedestrians in a dense area, especially at night time, the risk of drunk driving accidents increases. As a pedestrian, it’s also important to be aware of your own inebriation, because your decision-making will be inhibited. If you’re planning on walking long distances after drinking, take an Uber or ask for a sober driver to drop you off.
If you are injured as a pedestrian during your spring break vacation or any other holiday trip, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Braid Pezzaglia can help. Contact our pedestrian accident attorney immediately or schedule a free consultation online.