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Tips for Staying Safe as a Pedestrian

Tips for Staying Safe as a Pedestrian

February 15, 2018

Pedestrian accidents account for hundreds of injuries each year in the state of Hawaii. Victims may suffer serious trauma, including spinal cord injuries, lacerations, burns, crushed limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and internal hemorrhaging. At our firm, we care about the health well-being of our clients. That is why we want to equip you with information that could help you avoid an accident. As you are shopping or walking along Hawaii’s busy streets, there are steps you can take to increase your safety as a pedestrian.

You should:

  1. Increase your visibility. As a pedestrian, you might not be easily seen by drivers. Especially in foggy or rainy weather, you need to intentionally make yourself more visible to those on the road. This involves wearing bright colored clothing or even reflective gear (particularly if you are walking on the street at night), and making eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Many pedestrian accidents happen at intersections or crosswalks. While drivers have a responsibility to exercise caution and drive safely, they might not see you until it is too late. Thus, by being more visible and making eye contact with drivers, you can help avoid a crash.
  2. Obey All Traffic Laws. As a pedestrian, you have the responsibility to obey all traffic laws. You should avoid jaywalking across the street, and you should comply with the “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” signs at intersections. Furthermore, you should stay on the sidewalk and avoid walking on the street or in a marked bike lane. By obeying these traffic laws, you can increase your safety and do your part to prevent an accident.
  3. Remain Vigilant. The best thing you can do as a pedestrian is to remain focused on the road. It is easy to become distracted, and to take your safety for granted. However, just like being distracted while driving is dangerous, being distracted while walking along the street is also risky. Whether you have children, you are listening to music, or you are admiring Hawaii’s beautiful scenery, it is still important to pay attention to your surroundings. If a car runs a red light or jumps the curb, you must be able to take immediate action and avoid being hit. Furthermore, you should avoid walking out from between parked cars. It is also a good idea to avoid drinking alcohol if you will be walking along the roads, especially at night. By remaining focused and aware of your surroundings, you can decrease your chances of an accident.


At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, we provide compassionate legal assistance to victims of pedestrian crashes. We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine who is responsible for your injuries, and will help you file a claim within the statute of limitations. Our team of Honolulu personal injury lawyers is dedicated to helping clients pursue justice. If a negligent or reckless driver ran into you, we will work diligently from start to finish as you seek the compensation you deserve.

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