Watch your Step – 4 Steps to Being a Safe Pedestrian

Pedestrians on Footpath

There is no denying that pedestrians are at risk when walking on or around roadways. Sharing the road with heavy, metal vehicles moving at fast speeds certainly increases the dangers we face as pedestrians.

With pedestrian fatalities on the rise over the past 10 years*, now is the time to stay safe and pay attention while you are travelling on foot.

What does the law say?

While traffic laws focus mainly focus on the responsibilities of drivers, there are laws that pedestrians need to adhere to as well, these include:

  • Pedestrians should cross the road by the shortest and safest route
  • They should not travel on a road if there is a footpath or nature strip adjacent to the road (unless it is impractical to use)
  • They should not stay on the road longer than necessary to safely cross the road
  • They should not cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of a vehicle

A Pedestrian’s Responsibilities

Pedestrians and drivers both have a responsibility, or a “duty of care”, to make safe choices on the road. If a pedestrian fails to act responsibly and causes an accident, they will have breached their duty of care. Of course, drivers also have a duty to drive responsibly around pedestrians. If damage or injury results from a breach of duty, the victim of the accident can pursue a compensation claim.

To avoid accidents altogether, there are several things we can do to stay safe around Queensland roads.

Step 1. Use Crossings
Pedestrians should use designated crossings wherever possible. Where these are not available, they should cross the road when it is safe to do so: when visibility is optimised and the road is clear of traffic.

Step 2. Keep your distance from the road
If walking on or near to a road on an evening, it is safest for a pedestrian to walk as far from the edge of the roadway as reasonably possible.

Step 3. Stay Visible
If the area is illuminated by street lights or another source, it is best to walk under their beam. Brightly coloured clothing is also a good option, to improve visibility to motorists.

Step 4. Educate your kids
Children are often unaware of the risks they face around roadways. Queensland law states that parents have a duty to restrain their children from accessing roads in an unsafe manner. Make sure you inform your kids on how to act safely around roads.

It is up to all of us as road users – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike – to act responsibly and diligently on and around roadways.

Have you been in an accident?
Unfortunately, motor accidents involving pedestrians being struck by vehicles do occur, often resulting in significant injury. Not only does the pedestrian get injured, but the driver can also be physically or psychologically affected by the collision.

If you have been injured on the road, you may be able to make an accident compensation claim. As accident injury lawyers, our team at Claimify is here to provide you with advice regarding your accident claim.

Contact us today to get the support and guidance you need.

* Budget Direct Car Accident Statistics 2019