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Pedestrian safety: Facts and figures

The start of the new school year is almost upon us here in Islip, which means it is time for drivers to once again be extra careful. Statistics show us that some of the vulnerable pedestrians are school kids.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that more than one out of every 5 kids ages 10 to 15 are killed in pedestrian accidents. And the time of day when kids are returning home from school -- 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. -- is the most dangerous time of day.

The NHTSA urges all drivers to be aware of pedestrians at all times. Drivers who are distracted by a phone or other electronic device are more likely to cause accidents injuring pedestrians and motorists.

The federal agency also urges drivers to be extra vigilant when weather conditions are not ideal, and at night.

Whenever you are about to turn or enter a crosswalk, slow down and be prepared to stop for pedestrians, the NHTSA says. And always stop for people in a crosswalk, and be sure to stop well before you reach the crosswalk so that other vehicles can see that you are stopping. That helps them to also drive safely around pedestrians.

Of course, you should never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. The reason is obvious: it is very likely that someone is crossing the street right there.

Let's hope we all get through the school year and beyond safe and sound.

For those who are injured in a pedestrian accident, an Islip personal injury attorney will discuss with you your legal options and help you pursue maximum compensation for damages.

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