The most common statement a driver makes following a collision with a pedestrian is "I never saw the pedestrian."
Inattentive drivers are everywhere. As a pedestrian, arm yourself with that information and take the following precautions:
Look both ways
Always look to the left, to the right, and to the left again before entering any roadway.
Use a crosswalk
All intersections, whether they are marked or unmarked, are legal pedestrian crossings.
Don't be lulled into a false sense of security
Keep your attention on the traffic. Most collisions between pedestrians and motor vehicles happen in crosswalks where pedestrians feel most protected.
Pedestrians wearing dark clothing at night may not be seen in time for a driver to stop. Yellow and white clothing increases your safety, but reflective clothing, accessories, and equipment is best. Do not enter the street from behind a parked car or other obstruction.
Don't cross against the signal
Always cross with the pedestrian signal. Watch for turning cars before you enter the roadway.
Signal your intentions
Make eye contact with a driver before you enter the roadway. Put your hand out to signal your intent to cross the street.
Don't dart or run into traffic
It is illegal for a pedestrian to enter the roadway so suddenly that a driver is unable to stop.
Cross at the intersection
Drivers must yield to pedestrians at an intersection. A pedestrian must not interfere with traffic when crossing a roadway at any point other than a marked crosswalk or intersection.