The CDC Recommends Doing These Three Things To Avoid A New Haven Pedestrian Accident

January 22, 2022
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The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides important information on a variety of topics.  Most recently they have been in the news quite frequently for their guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic, but these government scientists also weigh in on other important public health issues.  One very important and concerning public health issue is that of traffic safety.  The deaths and injuries of people who are either in a motor vehicle or hit by a motor vehicle is one of the most pressing medical issues of our time.

The CDC has put out guidance on keeping yourself safe as a pedestrian when out walking in the Elm City.  This guidance is meant to help prevent New Haven pedestrian accidents and keep you safe.  As with most of their guidance the CDC has issued a number of preventative measures you can take to keep yourself safe while out on a walk, these include;

  1. Do not walk with earbuds in because they will reduce your ability to hear traffic and other important indicators that are around you that may limit your ability to keep yourself safe.
  2. Avoid walking and talking/texting on a cellphone.  Using a cellphone for any reason while walking will impair your vision and could lead to a serious injury if you are not extra careful.  If it is an absolute necessity to use your phone at a time, stop moving forward and come to a standstill before you take the phone out to use it.
  3. Cross at a designated street crossing, preferably a crosswalk.  Drivers of on-coming traffic will be expecting that pedestrians will be crossing where it is marked.  If you are crossing where no markings exist you will be presenting a surprise to on-coming traffic.
  4. Always use the sidewalk if it is available.  If a sidewalk is not available you should be walking facing on-coming traffic so they can more easily see you.

While this guidance does not represent any laws that you must follow, it is good information to help keep yourself safe from a New Haven pedestrian accident.  If you follow this guidance you may be less likely to get into an accident and become injured by an on-coming motorist.

If you do happen to get injured at the hand of a motor vehicle while out walking you may need to speak with an attorney who can review your case.  Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will speak with you about protecting your long-term interests.