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How to avoid a collision with a pedestrian

When New Jersey residents drive around town, they may not always think about the pedestrians who might be on the road. However, it is important for people to look for pedestrians so they are not involved in a collision.

Drivers typically need to look for pedestrians in crosswalks. The American Automobile Association says that drivers usually should slow down when they are near a crosswalk so they can stop if a pedestrian steps into the road. Additionally, it is important for people to yield to someone who is already in the crosswalk. When people see that other drivers have stopped, they usually should not pass these cars, as these drivers might have stopped for a pedestrian.

It is also important for people to drive the speed limit when they are in areas that usually have many pedestrians. This includes neighborhoods and school zones. When drivers are in a neighborhood, it is a good idea for them to look for walkers crossing in front of driveways. Sometimes it may be difficult for drivers to see pedestrians if it is dark or rainy. Because of this, it is important for people to put their headlights on and be careful in areas where they might encounter pedestrians, such as intersections.

Sometimes drivers might not see a pedestrian because they are distracted by their cellphone. According to Esurance, people should generally refrain from using their cellphones behind the wheel so they will be aware of foot traffic. Sometimes pedestrians may also be distracted by technology, so it is a good idea for drivers to use caution when they encounter walkers using their cellphones. Additionally, it is important for drivers to use caution in parking lots. These areas generally have numerous pedestrians who may not always be paying attention. Drivers should typically make sure no one is walking behind their car before they pull out, and they should also drive slowly so they can stop when they need to. 

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