The busy streets of Westchester make pedestrian accidents common. With kids, currently out of school for the summer, it’s important for motorists to be extra cautious. In the summer, there is a much higher likelihood of kids crossing streets unaccompanied by a crossing guard or guardian, exploring the town later in the evening when there is less visibility as well as being less aware of their surroundings and enjoying their long vacation. Parents too must be aware of these summer specific scenarios and need to reiterate to their children the dangers of crossing streets with cars present, before they send them to the park.

Pedestrian safety is an incredibly important issue in the Hudson River Towns as each town has vibrant main streets and parks decorating the region that all encourage local foot traffic. In an effort to raise awareness of how important pedestrian safety is to the community on public action group – Traffic Calming Irvington – recently sponsored their second annual video contest for middle school and high school students. Students from all the River Towns were invited to create a one-minute PSA on “Crosswalk Safety – Stop, Look, Wave” or “Nighttime Visibility.” The hope is that the videos will encourage pedestrians to increase their visibility to others.

Whether you are a pedestrian or motorists, you can do your part to reduce pedestrian accidents this summer. Follow these safety tips.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

Children under age 16 face the highest risk of getting hit by a car. If you plan to walk or play by the streets this summer, follow these tips:

  • Use a crosswalk. Don’t dart out in the road with speeding traffic.
  • Be alert. Take off your headphones, put down the smartphone and listen for any warning sounds, such as emergency sirens or car horns. Look both ways before crossing a street.
  • Make sure cars have stopped before crossing. Don’t assume that they see you or know that you want to cross the road. Try to make eye contact before proceeding, if possible.
  • Be aware of weather conditions. Fog, rain, ice and the bright sun can all make it hard for drivers to see you or stop quickly. Therefore, don’t try to run in front of a car that’s still moving.

Safety Tips for Motorists

 Pedestrians tend to have the right of way in crosswalks, so make sure you’re doing your part to keep New York kids safe by following these rules when driving:

 Avoid distractions. Don’t talk on the phone or text while driving. Refrain from eating or applying makeup. When you are in the driver’s seat, your job is to drive safely. Keep your eyes on the roadway at all times. Kids can jump out into the road at any time.

  • Make sure you can see. Keep dirt and debris off your windshield so you clearly see what’s in front of you at all times.
  • Don’t speed. Stay within the speed limit, especially in inclement weather. Don’t speed in residential areas and other areas where children frequent.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Don’t put the lives of others in danger because of your choice to drink. If you do drink, find an alternate way to get home.

Work with an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

Pedestrian accidents are all too common in busy metropolitan areas such as New York City.  If you or your child was injured while crossing the street, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. File a personal injury claim with a Westchester personal injury lawyer from Grant & Longworth today. Contact our office at (800) 836-3519 24/7 to schedule a consultation.