Man versus machine? There’s no competition. A car will win every time, so it is vital to follow certain safety practices when walking. Regardless of your preferred method of transportation, everyone will be a pedestrian at some point. Here are five tips to improve your safety on the street.
1. Don’t Do Anything Unexpected
You must know and follow all of the appropriate traffic laws. Heed every sign or signal. You should never assume that a driver sees you, which means you must make eye contact before crossing in front of a vehicle. Never dart across the street or move off of the sidewalk unexpectedly.
2. Walk on the Sidewalk
Walk on the sidewalk wherever it is available. If there is no sidewalk, make sure that you walk in the direction of oncoming traffic. Walk as far from the street as possible. Never walk in the road when there is an open sidewalk.
3. Be Alert
Avoid using phones or headphones while walking. Unfortunately, drivers may be using the same things, so you can’t rely on their attentiveness. Use all of your senses to keep track of any approaching vehicles.
4. Cross the Street Safely
Whenever possible, cross only at designated crosswalks and intersections. Make sure to look both ways before crossing the street and teach your children to do the same. Continue to pay attention to both directions as you cross the street. Only cross at an intersection when the signal allows you to do so.
5. Maximize Visibility
Though drivers may not always pay attention, you must make yourself as easy to see as possible. Wear bright colors during the daytime. Wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight when walking at night.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injury or death. Avoid walking by the road when it is icy or when visibility is limited. Walking your dog is important, but Fido can wait when both of your safety is at stake. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To obtain superior legal representation for your pedestrian accident case, contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today.