Seattle Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign for Holiday Season

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 11, 2013

The city of Seattle is reminding all residents and visitors to “Drive with Care and Walk Aware” with its fifth annual Center City Holiday Pedestrian Safety Campaign. According to King 5 News, the campaign kicked off just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Police want to remind drivers to stay focused on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), those who are texting and driving are 23 times more likely to crash.

Officials are also reminding pedestrians to follow the rules including looking both ways while crossing the street, obeying traffic signs, and walking only in areas designated for pedestrians such as crosswalks and sidewalks. According to city police officials, the biggest causes of collisions in Seattle include drivers’ failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks and attempting to make left turns when pedestrians are crossing.

Here are a few handy tips for pedestrians to be safe this holiday season as they enjoy the beautiful city of Seattle:

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks whenever possible.
  • Wear bright clothing at night so you can be more easily visible to motorists.
  • Start crossing the street at signals only when you have the “walk” sign.
  • Do not walk if you have been drinking.
  • Do not be a distracted walker. Turn off headphones and pay attention while walking.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Seattle pedestrian accident, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pedergast. P.S. to obtain more information about your legal rights and options. Please contact us at (888) 228-3860 for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.

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