While the first day of fall isn't until next month, it's the unofficial end of summer for thousands of college students who will descend on Pittsburgh and Oakland this week with belongings in tow for move-in day.
While some of these young people come from cities far and wide, others may not be as familiar with urban streetscape, and how to navigate it on foot.
As a pedestrian, it's important to remember that you are among the most vulnerable travelers on the road. In 2014, nearly 4,000 pedestrians in Pennsylvania were injured and 166 killed in accidents—up from 151 the previous year.
Nationwide, pedestrians ages 15-29 are more likely to be treated in emergency rooms for crash-related injuries than any other age group.
The car accident attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates understand that education is often the key to safety. So, this safety guide is for you, incoming Pitt, Duquesne, Carnegie Mellon, Point Park, Robert Morris and Carlow students.
You're going to spend a lot of time strolling around the Golden Triangle this semester. Here's what you need to know to do so safely:
It's a common misconception: That if you're a pedestrian, you automatically have the right of way when crossing the street. Not understanding when it's appropriate to walk can be a deadly mistake. Remember that you have the right of way when:
It's just as important to know when you don't have the right of way. Pedestrians must yield to motorists when:
And before you ask: Yes, you can get a ticket if you cross when you don't have the right of way ($33.50 if you get caught jaywalking in Pittsburgh).
With distracted driving—and walking— on the rise, it's important for college students—and all pedestrians—to remember that safely crossing the street involves more than looking both ways.
Keep these tips in mind before you pound the pavement:
Edgar Snyder & Associates wishes you a safe, productive year of learning. We hope that you never need to call us after a pedestrian accident. But rest assured that if you do, our personal injury attorneys will be able to answer all your questions and handle all the paperwork and hassles so you can get healthy and back to class more quickly.
Good luck, and safe travels!