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The Rules of the Road: Pedestrian Safety Tips

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As vehicles, bikes and pedestrians jockey for position on increasingly congested streets, accidents are on the rise, and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable. Injuries sustained by pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents are profound, often catastrophic.  Fractures and head injuries are common, and resulting medical treatment can be extensive, prolonged and painful. Even worse, some resulting injuries may result in chronic conditions.


To avoid personal injury, there are ways to improve your safety as a pedestrian by following some basic, easy tips:

Be Visible

Make sure you’re visible to drivers and make eye contact with them whenever possible. Wear lightly-colored or reflective clothing at night. Keep to well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street. Low-light conditions -- dusk, dawn, or in rain or snow -- are especially dangerous. Data shows that 32% of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8pm and midnight.

Stay Alert

Remember that your eyes and ears are the best tools you have for keeping safe. Distractions are everywhere: store-fronts, other pedestrians, your cell phone, or wearing headphones. As much as your cell phone is part of your life, it takes your eyes off the road and distracts your attention. And you may be enjoying music on your headphones, but they close off your ears to the sound of traffic around you.

Follow the Rules

Know and follow all traffic rules, signs and signals -- especially around any construction areas you may encounter. Never assume a driver will give you the right of way -- even though they should. Making eye contact with a stopped or approaching vehicle ensures you have their attention.

Walk in Safe Places

Wherever possible, use crosswalks when crossing the street. If one’s not available, find the best-lit spot on the road to cross and wait for a long enough gap to do it safely. Don’t assume drivers will stop for you.  Stay on sidewalks when you can -- and if a sidewalk isn’t available, walk on the side of the road facing traffic, to increase your visibility and so that you can see on-coming traffic. 

Avoid Alcohol Consumption

Half of all traffic accidents resulting in pedestrian casualties involve alcohol consumption. Surprisingly, 34% of those casualties was on the part of the pedestrian. Alcohol affects your physical reflexes and decision-making skills as much on your feet as behind the wheel. 

If You’re the Victim of a Personal Injury

Helpforme lawyers are experienced and expert in personal injury claims stemming from pedestrian accidents. They know that ICBC isn’t always right. With some of the province’s top engineering and investigative experts, Helpforme ensures all the facts of the accident are collected – accurately and irrefutably.


With one of the largest groups of personal injury lawyers under one roof in BC, Helpforme’s personal advocates help you through the complexities of your case, ensuring you get the claim settlement you deserve. And Helpforme has contingency-based fees, so you don’t pay until your claim is settled. Find out how Helpforme can help you.
 

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It may be spam, but it's in the right topic, was only posted once, and contains valuable advice... unlike the other nonsense that spammed the board today. I read it and except for the last couple paragraphs I didn't really have a problem with it.

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1 hour ago, captaintrolley said:

It may be spam, but it's in the right topic, was only posted once, and contains valuable advice... unlike the other nonsense that spammed the board today. I read it and except for the last couple paragraphs I didn't really have a problem with it.

But what does this have to do with the CPTDB wiki?

If It's not spam, It should be in the General Lounge not the CPTDB wiki section.

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2 hours ago, STO_1601 said:

But what does this have to do with the CPTDB wiki?

If It's not spam, It should be in the General Lounge not the CPTDB wiki section.

Giving the 'spammer' the benefit of the doubt, seeing as it is his first and probably last and only post,  he saw 'General Info' and figured it was a good spot, not being aware it was part of 'wiki'.  I have done the same with things when I am not sure exactly where they go I try to make an educated guess. Can we just agree he does have some good points to share and leave it at that?

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On 11/2/2018 at 3:34 PM, STO_1601 said:

Why is this still here? I've reported this several times.

Care to pay one of the admin's salary for their full time jobs so they can sit there and deal with the spammers 24/7?  I'm sure one of them would gladly take their salary from you and get to sit at home all day waiting for someone to spam so they can delete it.

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