Many college campuses like UMass Dartmouth right off of Route 6 in Dartmouth, Bristol Community College in downtown New Bedford, or Brown University and RISD in Providence are on public city streets, integrating the students with commuters and distracted drivers. This creates an environment which lends to the possibility of auto-pedestrian accidents. A student may be crossing a busy street while rushing to grab a quick bite on Thayer Street at the top of Providence’s College Hill or The Green Bean in downtown New Bedford before their next class, and cross paths with a distracted driver. Any auto-pedestrian accident will likely end with severe catastrophic injury and even accidental death. Here are some tips to help avoid auto-pedestrian car accidents.
Tips For Drivers To Avoid Auto-Pedestrian Accidents
- Avoid Distracted driving – Many people cannot sit in traffic without whipping out the smartphone to answer texts and emails, look at social media, or to try to multitask and take care of business. Please take care of all of your business before or after operating a motor vehicle.
- Slow down – Many drivers drive through downtown areas and college campuses without slowing down to the posted speed limit. When a driver is going too fast, it becomes more difficult to react or to come to a stop for students.
- Understand student behavior – When driving through a campus, understand that many of these students may be a bit more hurried or distracted than your average pedestrian. Another factor is the presence of foreign students who may not yet be acquainted with traffic rules in our country.
Student Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Look and use caution when crossing streets – Look left, right and then left again before stepping off of a curb to cross a street, and just because the “Walk” signal is illuminated does not mean the street is completely safe.
- Be aware / Drop the distraction – Smartphones and headphones should be put down when walking in public, especially when crossing the street. Distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving.
- Stick to the sidewalks – Use sidewalks when they are available, and try to walk facing traffic as far to the left side as possible when there are no sidewalks.
- Adhere to traffic rules on public streets – When a college campus is integrated with public thoroughfares, it’s important to follow traffic rules. Cross the street at marked crosswalks and wait for the “walk” signal at intersections.
Contact An Experienced Massachusetts & Rhode Island Auto-Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been the victim of an auto-pedestrian accident due to a distracted driver’s negligence on a college campus or anywhere else, please contact us to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the settlement that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.