Rhode Island Pedestrian Safety

a person crossing a street

Rhode Island is a beautiful state with many attractions for both residents and tourists. Whether you’re walking to work, taking a stroll in a park, or exploring the city on foot, it’s important to stay safe. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are all too common in Rhode Island, and they can have devastating consequences.

Sobering Stats

According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, there were 147 pedestrian accidents in Rhode Island in 2020. Of those accidents, 7 were fatal, and 129 resulted in injuries. This is a significant increase from the previous year, when there were 106 pedestrian accidents. The increase in accidents is likely due to a combination of factors, including distracted driving, speeding, and an increase in pedestrian traffic.

Safety Tips

To reduce your risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to follow some basic safety tips:

1. Always use crosswalks 

When crossing the street, use crosswalks whenever possible. Crosswalks are designed to keep pedestrians safe, and they are usually marked with paint and/or signs to make them easy to spot.

2. Look both ways before crossing

Even if you’re using a crosswalk, it’s important to look both ways before crossing the street. Drivers may not always see you, especially if they’re distracted or speeding.

3. Stay visible. 

Make sure you’re visible to drivers by wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially if you’re walking at night. You can also carry a flashlight to make yourself more visible.

4. Avoid distractions

Avoid using your phone or other devices while walking. If you need to use your phone, stop and find a safe place to use it.

5. Walk defensively

Be aware of your surroundings and anticipate potential hazards. If you see a driver who appears to be distracted or driving erratically, avoid crossing in front of them.

6. Follow traffic laws

Follow all traffic laws, including traffic signals and signs. Don’t cross the street when the signal is red or when a sign prohibits crossing.

7. Use sidewalks when available

Whenever possible, use sidewalks when walking. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

Pedestrian safety is everyone’s responsibility. By following these tips, you can help reduce your risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. If you’re a driver, it’s important to be aware of pedestrians and follow traffic laws. Remember, even a momentary lapse in attention can have devastating consequences. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a distracted or negligent driver, contact our experienced attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush today. Stay safe!

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