One of the worst scenarios a driver could ever imagine is being responsible for an auto-pedestrian accident, especially one resulting in a fatality. Auto-pedestrian accidents are serious and occur at alarming rates.
Earlier this month we wrote a post about how to protect yourself as a pedestrian, but there are also several measures you can take as a driver to avoid incidents involving pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an incredible resource for tips and programs to help you to be safe. They provided these nine driver safety tips.
1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
2. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
5. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can't see.
6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
7. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
8. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
9. Be extra cautious when backing up-pedestrians can move into your path.
If you are ever in the unfortunate situation where you are involved in an auto-pedestrian accident, do not drive away from the accident. Contact police and emergency services immediately.