With gas prices so high and the perfect summer/fall weather, many people are finding themselves walking to close destinations instead of instinctively jumping in the car. While it may be desired to walk on back pathways to get to your destination, there is often no other choice than to walk along a road. However, when close to a road, whether it is busy or not, it is always important that you are making smart and safe choices regarding the safety of yourself and those around you. Drivers can be unpredictable, so making sure that you are being safe is almost all that you can do to try and prevent an accident or injury from happening. Following a few easy safety tips can make the road a safer place for you, fellow pedestrians, and drivers.
Adhere to the rules of the road.
While this may seem like an obvious tip, it is very important to understand that pedestrian laws and traffic flow are just as important as driving laws. Not only should you follow pedestrian laws, but you should make sure to have a solid understanding of traffic laws for vehicles. Understanding the signs and signals that drivers are adhering to can create a much safer environment as a pedestrian.
Learning when you, as a pedestrian, can enter the roadway is very important as well. Jaywalking, or crossing the street outside of a designated crosswalk, is a common cause for vehicle-pedestrian accidents. Although pedestrians have the right-of-way at designated points, this does not mean that you should assume that the driver is going to stop. Making eye contact with the driver of the approaching vehicle can help to ensure communication of whether or not they are going to stop.
Just as distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, being distracted as a pedestrian can also be very dangerous. Your eyes and ears can be very important to pedestrian safety, and being too distracted can compromise these senses, causing accidents. Follow the same distracted driving tips as you would if you were driving: do not be on your phone, don’t do any unnecessary tasks, and don’t wear headphones. Many people choose to wear headphones to listen to music or podcasts while they are walking, but this can cause many risks and dangers. Blocking your hearing can result in missing audible cues from surrounding traffic.
If an accident happens, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle-pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and time off work. If you were correctly following pedestrian laws and you were injured to the negligence of another individual, you should not have to suffer through this time alone. At Drake Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping people just like you get through this difficult time. Call us today to get started.