Portland pedestrians face injuries from collisions with cars far too often. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports indicate there have been little to no decrease in the amount of fatal injuries for pedestrians over the last few years. For parents, it is imperative to teach your children the pedestrian laws in the state of Oregon to help them remain safe. Important Safety Measures to Teach Your Children What is most important in teaching your children the importance of Oregon pedestrian laws? As experienced accident attorneys, Berkshire Ginsberg want to stress the safety tips the NHTSA recommends for children who are walking on or near Portland streets: — Use sidewalks when possible. If you must walk on a street, you should walk on the side of the road so you face oncoming traffic and as far from the flow of traffic as plausible. — Remain alert at all times. Do not play on electronic devices. — If you need to cross the street and a marked intersection is not available, cross where there is high visibility from both sides of traffic. — Never begin to cross the street until all traffic is stopped because you can never assume a driver sees you in the street. Try to make eye contact with the driver to ensure they see you. — Wear bright clothing to be visible. If you have to walk at night, wear clothing with reflective markings, or use a flashlight while you walk. — Do not walk alone. Stick with family or friends to ensure you remain safe. Remind your children often of all safety measures to help them avoid a tragic pedestrian accident. Safety Efforts for Pedestrians in Portland In 2013, the Portland Bureau of Transportation identified multiple areas deemed “high-crash corridors,” and then implemented a safety plan based on the “Three E’s” to help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in those areas: — Enforcement – Police set up stings to catch drivers who violate laws at crosswalks — Engineering – Pedestrian islands have been placed in many intersections to help prevent pedestrian accidents — Education – Portland is establishing Safe Routes to School and Share the Road initiatives to educate drivers and pedestrians on ways to avoid fatal or catastrophic accidents. Portland Pedestrian Accident Attorneys If you or your child has suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Berkshire Ginsberg to handle your personal injury claim. We will work diligently to recover the damages you are owed.