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Pedestrian Accidents Can Be Prevented

by | Feb 27, 2024 | Firm News

A recent accident on Poipu Road on Kauai serves as a reminder of the dangers to pedestrians on Hawaii’s roadways. News reports state the pedestrian was simply walking along the shoulder when a car veered off the roadway and hit him. Many of our roads do not have sidewalks, increasing the danger to pedestrians. In addition to motorists taking proper care, pedestrians need to be on guard for their own safety.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has shared the following tips for pedestrian safety:

(1) Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
(2) Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
(3) If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
(4) Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
(5) If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
(6) Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
(7) Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.