crossing-801713_1920According to Komo news, last week a Pedestrian died after she got hit by a car in Bellevue. It’s always sad new when we lose a member of our community because of an accident which could have been avoided.

First, and foremost, we’d like to take a moment to express our sincere condolences to the family of the victim.  Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

Walking is becoming an increasingly dangerous activity, as the number of pedestrians killed after being hit by a car in the Washington area continues to rise. GHSA data show pedestrians fatalities increased by 28% from 2014 to 2015 in Washington state.
Premier Law Group hopes to do our part to educate everyone about ways to stay safer as a pedestrian.

Be Visible: See and be seen
Drivers need to see you to be able to avoid you so make sure you:
> Are always visible to drivers by staying out of driver’s blind spot
> Try to make eye contact with drivers as much as possible. Especially with stopped vehicles to ensure they see you before you cross in front of them.
> If possible, wear easily visible or reflective clothing at night and brightly colored clothing during the day.
> Stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street.

Stay Alert – Avoid Distractions
Distractions are everywhere today and they are more and more difficult to avoid. Remember that, as a pedestrian, your eyes and ears are your best tools for keeping you safe.
> Put down your phone or electronic device as they take your eyes off of the road and distract your attention.
> Don’t wear headphones. Your ears will tell you about what is happening around you.

Follow the Rules
>Know and follow all traffic rules, signs, and signals.  As a Pedestrian you are not exempt from following the rules of the road.
> Always be aware of what is happening, and try to anticipate what drivers will do .
> Never assume a driver will give you the right of way.

Walk in Safe Places
> Use sidewalks. If sidewalks are not available, walk on the edge of the road or on the left shoulder of the road, facing the traffic flow. Use pedestrian bridges when they are available.
> Avoid walking along highways or other roadways where pedestrians are prohibited.
> Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections.

Avoid Alcohol Consumption
Almost half of all traffic crashes resulting in pedestrian casualties involve alcohol consumption.
Alcohol impairs your decision-making skills, even as a pedestrian.  Alcohol slows your physical reflexes and judgment, just as it does for drivers.

These tips are especially important at night, in low-light conditions such as dusk or dawn or in inclement weather.

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