Pedestrian and bicycle accidents increase every spring as the weather in Spokane warms up. Drivers just aren’t used to sharing the roads, yet. Both children and adults are getting outside for a stroll and riding their bikes around neighborhoods and parks leading to more of us using and crossing roadways.

Lowering speed limits near parks and playgrounds is a good first step toward reducing both the number of accidents and also the severity of bodily injuries. Recently, the Spokane Police Department added three new school zone cameras. Reducing motor vehicle speeds is an important tool in reducing the frequency of accidents and the severity of injuries. Simply driving a little slower allows for shorter stopping distances and reduces the force if a collision occurs.

Another step is to increase the awareness of drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists about sharing our roadways. Drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicycles and keep an eye on them if they’re nearby. To avoid distracted driving, turn cell phones completely off or use Do Not Disturb While Driving functions. Even though they may seem out of harm’s way, children might run into a street chasing a ball or swerve their bike into traffic.

Pedestrians and bicyclists can also contribute to their own safety. Bright clothing, flashlights or some other form of illumination can help drivers see pedestrians and bicyclists as dusk approaches and at night. Pedestrians should walk on sidewalks or on the left edge of the roadway so they can see oncoming motor vehicles and hop out of the way, if the driver fails to yield.

Each of us can help reduce the frequency and the severity of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a motor vehicle in a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, then contact Cooney Law Offices. We can help!