New York is a city of walkers. Whether it's taking the kids to school, running errands, or getting to work or social activities, there's a good chance you are walking several times a day. And if you're like most New Yorkers, you feel like you're in safe bubble where you can jaywalk and dart across intersections without danger.
But sadly, a quick look at the headlines reveals that you cannot walk in NYC, or anywhere, without danger. Recently, it was a Tony-winning Broadway actress [LINK: http://people.com/crime/brooklyn-crash-kills-toddlers-injures-ruthie-ann-miles-people-explains/] who lost a child, and our condolences go out to her and to all families who have lost loved ones or been injured themselves.
To stay safe when walking, practice a few key safety tips, especially when you are walking with children:
1. Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street.
2. Don't let yourself be distracted. This includes texting, listening to music with headphones, searching through your bag, etc.
3. When crossing, always look both ways. Just like you tell the kids!
4. Use crosswalks and wait for the light, especially when you are not familiar with the intersection.
5. Hold hands with any children while crossing.
6. Keep scanning the street for cars until you are all the way across an intersection. Be especially alert for turning cars and vehicles that are backing up.
For more complete tips, check out the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center [LINK: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/community/tips_pedestrian.cfm].
And while our sincere hope is that everyone in our communities stays safe, the reality is that reckless and inattentive driving continue to cause grave injuries and take lives. If you or a family member have been affected by a traffic accident, please call us at 718.802.1616 as soon as possible. At Avanzino & Moreno, our caring team is ready to fight to help you recover damages and seek justice.
From all of us, enjoy strolling in the beautiful Spring weather—safely!
Avanzino & Moreno, LLC, offers this information solely for your entertainment. It is not legal advice and should not be considered as such. This information does not confer any promise or guarantee of outcome, monetary damages, legal services or success in any particular case.