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5 Safety Tips for Connecticut Pedestrians

Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 24, 2015 in Pedestrian Accidents

The rising temperatures in Watertown and throughout Connecticut signal that spring has finally returned to our state. As the weather continues to improve, it's likely that foot traffic around town will pick up. Because pedestrians share the road with motor vehicles, taking certain safety precautions is important. Today, we would like to share with you five pedestrian safety tips from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

  1. Dress appropriately: Part of staying safe as a pedestrian is staying visible to others on the road. Wearing bright colors or reflective clothing can help make sure drivers see you -- especially if you are walking at night.
  2. Stay on the sidewalk: When possible, stay on designated walking paths. In fact, in Connecticut it is illegal for pedestrians to walk on the road when a sidewalk is available. If you have to walk on the road, walk against traffic so you can see oncoming traffic.
  3. Obey traffic signals: Waiting to cross the street until you have a walk signal -- even if there is no traffic -- can help prevent a serious accident.
  4. Keep a safe distance from vehicles: Many cars and trucks have blinds spots and may not see you if you walk too close. Protect yourself by maintaining a safe distance and assuming the driver can't see you.
  5. Stay cautious: It is important to keep in mind that cars, trucks and other vehicles cannot always stop instantaneously. Always look carefully both ways before crossing the street.

While these are just a few of many possible tips, we hope they help you enjoy our nice weather safely. However, sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent an accident. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your options.