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B.C. Offices

Surrey Consultation Office

1104 – 13737 96 Ave, Surrey, BC V3V 0C6

Langley Consultation Office

8661 201 Street, 2nd Floor

Richmond Consultation Office

5811 Cooney Road Suite 305 South Tower

Kelowna Consultation Office

1631 Dickson Avenue Suite 1100

Vancouver Head Office

1727 West Broadway, Suite 400

ONTARIO OFFICES

Oshawa Consultation Office

50 Richmond Street E, Unit # 108 B

Brampton Consultation Office

341 Parkhurst Square, Suite 5

Etobicoke Consultation Office

34 Greensboro Dr 2nd Floor

Toronto Head Office

255 Consumers Road, 5th Floor

Sudbury Consultation Office

144 Elm Street, Suite 201

Ottawa Main Office

955 Greenvalley Crescent, Unit 315

Mississauga Office

2155 Leanne Blvd #113

London Main Office

256 Pall Mall St, Suite 102

Hamilton Consultation Office

105 Main Street East, Suite 1500

Barrie Main Office

17 Poyntz Street

Windsor Main Office

13158 Tecumseh Rd. E. Unit 3B

Thunder Bay Consultation Office

278 Algoma Street South

ALBERTA OFFICES

Calgary Main Office

1331 Macleod Trail SE, Suite 420

Edmonton Head Office

4246 97 Street NW, Unit 100

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Pedestrian Safety

Between 2010 and 2014, an average of seven pedestrians lost their lives every year in motor vehicle collisions in the city of Vancouver. In fact, in 2014, pedestrians were 36% of the total accident fatalities in Vancouver. According to Transport Canada, nearly 15% of all road traffic deaths involve pedestrians.

Unfortunately, pedestrian safety continues to be a grave concern throughout Canada. In 2015, for example, 11 pedestrians lost their lives in collision fatalities in Vancouver. Injuries to pedestrians are often severe, and children and older adults are at higher risk for injuries. It is especially important to teach pedestrian safety to children as soon as they can walk.

Tips for Staying Safe as a Pedestrian

Following the rules of the road and making yourself visible are two of the most important ways that you can increase pedestrian safety. Use the following quick tips on a regular basis to decrease the chances you will be injured or killed as a pedestrian.

  • Always walk on the sidewalk if it is available. Otherwise, walk on the road in the direction that faces traffic.
  • Try to avoid crossing the street in the middle of a block or between parked cars. Use crosswalks as available.
  • Follow traffic lights and signals and only walk when the “Walk” signal is on. Never cross the street when the red light saying “Don’t Walk” is lit.
  • Look for turning traffic before you cross the road, even if the “Walk” signal
  • If possible, make eye contact with a nearby driver before you cross the street or move into traffic.
  • Avoid crossing the street into moving traffic and wait for traffic to stop before crossing the road.
  • Wear bright, light-coloured or reflective clothing to increase your visibility.

It is also important that parents teach their children to look both ways before crossing the road and ensure that they know the tips outlined above.

Pedestrian Safety for Drivers

Drivers can also make extra efforts to ensure that pedestrians are safe while on the road. Motorists should always be on the lookout for pedestrians and yield to them, even if they do not technically have the right-of-way. Drivers should take special precautions when turning to avoid hitting pedestrians as well. Other tips include:

  • Keep an eye out for workers in temporary work zones.
  • Watch for younger children playing on the streets, especially when a school is nearby.
  • Always obey traffic signals and street signs. Pedestrians will be expecting you to stop or slow down as required.
  • Pay particular attention for pedestrians when you are driving through school zones in residential streets.

Practicing defensive driving cannot only keep you safe on the road, but it can also keep others around you safe as well.

Vancouver’s Efforts to Increase Pedestrian Safety

The Vancouver Police Department has continually made extra efforts to increase pedestrian safety awareness, which means teaching both drivers and pedestrians about safety concerns. The city is also engaging in enhancements and additional efforts to improve crosswalk safety. For example, Vancouver is now trying out new rapid flashing beacons at three crosswalks located in the city. These can be found at the following locations.

  • Victoria Drive and Grant Street
  • West Boulevard and 42nd Avenue
  • Elliott Street and Waverley Avenue

Crosswalk lights are considered high intensity, which will hopefully increase driver awareness to decrease pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

Getting help when you are injured

If you or a loved one have been injured by a vehcile failing to keep a proper lookout, the personal injury lawyers at Diamond and Diamond might be able to help you recover compensation. Speak with a member of our team by using our free consultation service. Call 1-800-567-HURT today.

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