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Once again, the seasons are changing. The leaves are bursting with autumn colors and it's getting rather chilly outside. Unfortunately, the transition from summer to fall also produces an increase in pedestrian cross walk and stop sign accidents.
Why? Because with the fall season comes a return to school for kids, active parents driving back and forth from work, to and from soccer practice, school recitals, etc. This inevitable increase in both foot traffic in our neighborhoods and school zones leads to a higher risk of accidents involving pedestrians at cross walks and stop signs.
This is why it's absolutely essential for you to understand the laws of pedestrians in Virginia (VA). In fact, a Mean Street study revealed that, on a per-mile basis, walking is more dangerous than driving, flying, or riding a bus or train. Most fatalities (69 percent) occur on neighborhood streets.
The applicable Virginia (VA) pedestrian law state...§ 46.2-924. Drivers to stop for pedestrians
The language in this law sounds as if pedestrians almost have free reign when it comes to crossing streets. Of course, we know that's not the case. Here's another important law...
§ 46.2-926. Pedestrians stepping into highway where they cannot be seen.
No pedestrian shall step into a highway open to moving vehicular traffic at any point between
intersections where his presence would be obscured from the vision of drivers of approaching
vehicles by a vehicle or other obstruction at the curb or side. The foregoing prohibition shall not
apply to a pedestrian stepping into a highway to board a bus or to enter a safety zone, in which
event he shall cross the highway only at right angles.
So what do these laws mean to you? Simple - when crossing a street, make sure you're at a properly marked cross walk and are capable of being seen by on-coming traffic. Do not just run out and begin crossing the street. This is common sense, but far too many people get seriously injured or killed by ignoring this simple principle.
If you're walking with your children to or from school, be sure to inform them of these laws and illustrate how to properly cross the street. Any one getting hurt in a cross walk accident is bad, but it's even worse when a young child gets hurt or killed.
The changing of the seasons is inevitable, but an increase in pedestrian cross walk accidents doesn't have to be. With responsibility and common sense, you can avoid these terrible accidents and enjoy the beautiful fall weather safely.
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