Are you guilty of crossing the road when there’s a car coming? Or sauntering across the road in a diagonal line rather than walking straight across at a sensible speed?
You may remember being taught the Green Cross Code at school, but with hundreds of pedestrians fatally injured on Britain’s roads every year, sometimes it helps to go back to basics.
Find a safe place to cross
If there is a Zebra crossing, Pelican crossing, traffic light crossing, island, subway or footbridge, use it. Encourage children to cross the road with a lollipop man or lady on their way to school.
If none of these are an option, choose a place where you can clearly see the road in both directions, and don’t be tempted to cross just before the brow of a hill or on a corner.
Stop, look and listen
Stand back from the edge of the kerb to protect yourself from fast-flowing traffic, then look and listen for traffic – remember you can often hear traffic before seeing it. Wait for a safe gap and until you’re 100% sure it’s safe to cross.
This is particularly important when out and about with children or pets. Encourage them to stop – if they step into the road immediately this could cause injury to themselves or force an approaching driver to swerve, potentially causing an accident.
Walk straight across the road while continuing to look and listen for oncoming vehicles. Don’t run – if you fall you will be in the road for longer than you anticipated which could increase the risk of an accident. What’s more, drivers might have difficulty spotting you.
Common sense tips
As the year starts to turn and you start to do your daily commute in the dark, both drivers and pedestrians need to take extra care.
Pedestrians should ensure they wear light or reflective clothing so that they are visible to motorists. Reflective strips can be bought as armbands or legbands and put over clothing and are often built into specialist clothing such as sportswear.
You should also refrain from using headphones or a mobile phone when crossing the road, as this reduces your capacity to hear traffic and gauge whether it is safe. Such devices take your attention off the road, making you more vulnerable as a pedestrian.
If you were involved in an accident that was not your fault and blame or negligence can be attributed elsewhere, we can pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf.