For many, San Diego is one of the nicest places to live. You can travel on foot nearly year round. Unfortunately, the more people there are on foot, the greater your chances of being involved in a San Diego pedestrian accident. In this article, we discuss simple ways you can avoid a San Diego pedestrian accident.

Who the Pedestrian Is

In short, a pedestrian is any person traveling on foot, riding a skateboard, on rollerskates, or a disabled person required to use a wheelchair for transportation.

Six Ways You Can Help Avoid a Pedestrian Accident

You should always use extra precaution when driving near pedestrians. They are more at risk of being seriously injured than you are. If pedestrians are nearby, you should:

  1. Understand who has the right of way. Pedestrians have the right of way. Always stop for a pedestrian who is crossing the street, whether in a crosswalk or in the middle of the road. Yield to them, even if they are crossing in an area not designated for crossing.
  2. Allow older/disabled people more time to cross. Older and disabled people, especially if confined to wheelchairs, require more time to cross the street. Be patient, and allow them the extra time they require. The same applies for children crossing the street.
  3. Make eye contact. Making eye contact with a pedestrian who appears to be getting ready to cross the street can be the difference between life and death. Never assume that a pedestrian sees you. Make sure they acknowledge you.
  4. Be on the lookout for people walking between parked cars. It’s not always easy to see a pedestrian who is traveling between parked vehicles. You should always be on the lookout for the sudden appearance of pedestrians, especially children.
  5. Avoid passing stopped vehicles at intersections. Never pass a vehicle stopped at an intersection. You may not be able to see a pedestrian that they may have stopped for. Keep in mind that if you can’t see the pedestrian, they probably can’t see you.
  6. Avoid stopping in crosswalks. Stopping in a crosswalk increases the dangers for a pedestrian. Always stop before the painted line.

If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident

Even the safest drivers in the world can’t always avoid being involved in an accident. You can’t control the driving habits of others, and their negligence can lead to you suffering a serious injury. That is why you should call Keith J. Stone.

Mr. Stone is experienced in handling all types of car accident and pedestrian accident cases. He will do everything he can to make sure you get the medical attention you deserve and that the responsible party is held liable for your damages.

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If you are the unfortunate victim of a pedestrian or car accident, call San Diego pedestrian accident attorney Keith J. Stone at (619) 531-2022 or 888-59-HELP-NOW. He will work hard to ensure your compensation rights are protected.

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San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties including the cities of:

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