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Safety First: Drivers and Pedestrians

The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers and pedestrians in Eastern Washington of safety tips, because of the high number of fatal accidents occurring this year. According to the State Patrol, there has been a “troubling number of fatality collisions from the first three months of 2011 in Eastern Washington.”
The accidents have occurred amongst the seven Eastern Washington Counties, most of which have been preventable, according to the Washington State Patrol’s District 4, based out of Spokane. In a press release, the State Patrol district said the most common reasons for the fatal accidents have been are pedestrian violations and driving under the influence.
Because the State Patrol wants to reduce these accidents, they are trying to educate and enforcement safety guidelines to prevent these tragedies from occurring. Here are a few safe driving and pedestrian tips, according to the State Patrol.
Drivers:
Drive with caution and be aware of your surroundings.
Reduce your speed and increase your following distance.
Be sure that everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.
Don’t drink and drive.
If you encounter a dangerous driver, call 911.
Pedestrians:
Wear appropriate, visible clothing.
Be aware of vehicles that are approaching you from both the front and rear.
Look both directions before crossing traffic and try to cross at a marked cross walk.
Don’t ever assume that just because you can see the car, the driver can see you.
As a Spokane car accident attorney, I’m glad to see the State Patrol put emphasis on safety tips. I urge drivers and pedestrians to follow these tips.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Spokane.