The frequency of pedestrian accidents in Vancouver and all over British Columbia is very apparent by the number of tweets about people getting hit while crossing both controlled and uncontrolled intersections. News agencies, police departments, Scan BC and ICBC all tweet about car and pedestrian accidents. This time of year makes driving and walking more dangerous because of rain, snow and shorter daylight hours. Pedestrian safety is a key concern as injuries can be catastrophic if a person is hit be a moving vehicle.
Pedestrians are more at risk, cross with care
According to ICBC almost one in five people killed in car crashes in BC are pedestrians. Motor vehicle incidents involving pedestrians increased dramatically in the fall and winter and stats show pedestrian crashes peak on Fridays from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Pedestrians and motorists need to share road safety responsibility
It is important for everyone sharing roadways to take responsibility for safety. Intersections are one of the most dangerous areas to navigate for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Drive carefully for pedestrian safety
- Do not drive distracted
- Be alert to what is happening in and around the intersection
- Watch for pedestrians entering the intersection after crossing signs change
- Do not back into a crosswalk
Be a courteous and safe pedestrian
- Always look both ways and over your shoulder
- Make sure you have eye contact with the driver before stepping in front of a car
- Wear reflective clothing, or put a reflective patch on your umbrella or bag
- Always cross at intersections or crosswalk
- Do not enter the intersection after the signal has turned yellow or red
Drivers have massive amounts of information to process at intersections including traffic signals, other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. In dark and stormy circumstances we ask that pedestrians, take a few moments and put yourself in the shoes of the driver. Ensure they can enter the intersection safely and make sure the driver sees you. Your courteous behavior may some day save your own life – as pedestrians have the highest risk of injuries and fatalities.
If you are a pedestrian and have been injured by a car or other motor vehicle, call us for a free consultation regarding your ICBC claim.