Commonsense Tips To Keep Pedestrians Safe
Colorado has no shortage of opportunities for people who like to get around on foot. From hiking trails to busy crosswalks, both walkers and runners benefit from following some commonsense safety advice. Here are a few tips designed to keep pedestrians safe:
- Wear bright or reflective clothing if walking in dark or near-dark conditions. You may even want to wear light-emitting gear for extra visibility.
- Keep on sidewalks. If you’re in a parking lot or garage, remain within painted lanes designed for pedestrian traffic.
- When crossing a street, first look to the left, then to the right, then to the left again before stepping off the curb. Stay on the lookout for cars entering the intersection.
Walk signal safety tips:
- When the signal says “Walk,” go ahead and cross but still be attentive for cars, especially those making right turns.
- If the signal says “Don’t Walk” and is flashing, do not start crossing. Finish crossing if you are already in the crosswalk.
- If the signal says “Don’t Walk” and is solid, do not cross.
What Does The Law Say?
Under Colorado laws, motorists must stop for pedestrians who are in the same half of the roadway the vehicle is in or close enough to be in danger. This includes intersections with stop signs, traffic lights, or no signal at all. When a vehicle stops to allow a pedestrian to cross, other vehicles are prohibited from going around the stopped vehicle.
When Accidents Happen, Turn To A Trusted Advocate
Despite the clear language of pedestrian safety laws, some drivers fail to obey, putting innocent lives at risk. If you or your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a careless driver, you have rights, and the attorneys at Cheney Galluzzi & Howard, LLC, are here to protect them. You can reach our law offices online or by telephone at 303-578-4155 for a free legal consultation.