How to Keep Yourself Safe as a Pedestrian
Walking can be great exercise, especially since it’s low impact. However, being a pedestrian comes with potential dangers. It’s essential to keep helpful tips in mind, especially if you are walking on a road rather than a sidewalk or footpath. If a vehicle, truck, or motorcycle does strike you, you may have a legal claim for damages against the at-fault party. Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more about your rights.
In the meantime, here are some helpful tips that can keep you safer as a pedestrian.
Face Traffic if There Is No Sidewalk
If you are walking somewhere that doesn’t have a sidewalk, walk on the side of the road to face the traffic coming toward you. You will be able to see cars as they approach. That could give you the seconds you need to jump out of the way if it appears someone is coming toward you.
Walk Single File
If you are not on a separate pedestrian lane or wide sidewalk, try to walk single file when possible. You are giving oncoming cars the most space, so there is less chance they will strike you. This tip is especially important when you walk along narrow or curvy roads where a vehicle only has a second to avoid hitting you.
Keep Your Phone Put Away
While it’s tempting to read messages or check social media while walking, it’s a dangerous distraction. It would be best if you were watching for potential hazards and other people. With your head down, you might miss seeing an approaching bicycle or jogger. Also, you could trip over something that causes you to fall. Depending on where you are walking, having your brand-new phone out can make you a target for pickpockets.
Make Sure You Are Always Visible
During the day, try to wear bright colors, so you are easily visible. At night, consider a reflective vest on top of bright colors. Drivers may not spot you as quickly as night, so the reflective vest or clothing can help. Be extra careful if you are walking around dawn or dusk. The rising or setting sun can be in a driver’s eyes, affecting their ability to see you.
Don’t Have Loud Music On Your Headphones
People like to run or walk listening to music, which is understandable. However, the level should be low enough to hear what is going on around you. If you miss a car horn, bicycle bell, or someone yelling out, you could be injured.
Always Cross at a Crosswalk When Possible
Try to always cross at a crosswalk when available. It may be a few more steps to get to the next one, but it can make a difference in whether a driver has time to see you. If you dart out from behind a bush, an approaching vehicle may not have time to stop. It could also harm your chances of recovery if you are deemed at fault.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Are you a pedestrian who was injured in an accident? If so, you need a skilled pedestrian accident attorney on your side. To learn how we can help you get compensation for your injuries, contact O’Donnell Law Offices today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton and Pittston.