New York City is a great venue for walkers, and pedestrians are a common sight in the Big Apple.
However, there is also a lot of traffic and plenty of distractions for drivers. How do you stay safe as a pedestrian in this congested environment? Here are five safety reminders for walkers.
- Crossing at the “Walk” sign
Many New Yorkers are familiar with the lighted signs at intersections. Cross the street when you see “Walk” or the person symbol. Do not cross if you see “Don’t Walk” unless you are already halfway across the street when that sign lights up, in which case, continue to the other side.
- Using the crosswalk
Lines or other markings on the pavement distinguish crosswalks for pedestrian use. Absent traffic control lights, drivers must grant pedestrians the right of way at crosswalks. However, never cross against a green light; only cross the street when traffic is stopped.
- When there is no crosswalk
At an intersection without marked crosswalks, you should cross the street between the curbs or the edges of the roadway.
- Sidewalk versus roadway
Sidewalks are for pedestrian use. However, if there is no sidewalk, you may walk on the shoulder of the road facing the oncoming traffic.
- Understanding right of way
Remember that pedestrians have the right of way at intersections either with or without marked crosswalks. Otherwise, motorists always have the right of way.
If an injury occurs
The state of New York has been proactive in the effort to protect pedestrians. However, accidents sometimes happen, and you may find yourself the victim, even if you followed all the rules for safe walking. You may face medical expenses, lost wages and other unexpected costs, in which case you may qualify for full and fair compensation for your injuries. Keep in mind that prompt, experienced help awaits. If you are in an accident, contact Surdez & Perez.