Stay Safe on the Roads, Sidewalks, and Trails
With many residents staying at home and adhering to executive orders, traffic – and car accidents – have decreased dramatically. Unfortunately, many of the drivers who are on the road are not driving safely. Speeding tickets have increased in many parts of the country and some cities are even seeing spikes in illegal street racing.
Although the roads are clearer right now, they are certainly not safer. As such, our team at Casey Law Offices, S.C. has compiled the following safety tips:
It may be tempting, but do not speed! According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speed has been involved in about 1/3 of motor vehicle fatalities for more than 2 decades. Aside from following the speed limit, you should always pay full attention to the road and drive defensively. You should also be extra careful around large trucks and watch out for pedestrians, as there may be more walkers and joggers than normal.
Remember: never drive while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Going for a walk or jog is a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise. When you are out, however, you need to be mindful of cars and trucks. Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible and always cross at designated crosswalks (or intersections when crosswalks are not available). Wearing a cloth face covering will help you prevent the spread of COVID-19, even when you have to pass someone on the sidewalk. Avoid stepping into the street to get by or let someone pass. If you can, avoid walking in busy areas altogether so you don’t run into this problem.
If you go out at night, wear bright colors and carry a flashlight so drivers can see you. Never assume a driver can see you or that they will yield the right of way. When walking, stay alert and avoid distractions.
Even when we’re not experiencing global pandemics, motorists are not the best at sharing the road. During the COVID-19 crisis, cars may be going faster than normal and paying less attention. For these reasons, you need to be extra cautious when riding your bike. Don’t forget to use hand signals when turning, and ride in the bike lane whenever there is one. Be sure to obey all stop signs and red lights and always be mindful of traffic.
Keep in mind that less traffic does not equal safer roads, especially for pedestrians and bicyclists. Instead of succumbing to a false sense of security, you should be even more careful while you are out and about.
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