Pedestrian Safety 101

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As the weather warms up, more of us want to be outside walking, running, and riding bikes. Unfortunately, accidents happen when our activities take us to the streets. Cars and pedestrians can be a bad combination. We know that drivers are more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. Here are some tips that may help you avoid becoming a victim.

Know the Rules of the Road

First, know the rules. Walk and run facing traffic. Ride bikes with traffic. It seems like common knowledge, but these are too commonly ignored. Use the sidewalks whenever possible. Cross at crosswalks. These rules help to minimize the risk of being struck by a vehicle. Although some accidents may not be avoidable, when you are following these simple rules, you at least, will not be found to have contributed to your injuries. In personal injury cases, comparative negligence or fault can limit or prevent your financial recovery.

Avoid Distractions

Second, avoid distractions while engaged in pedestrian activities. You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Limit headphone and earbud use. Keep your head on a swivel and know your route. Staying safe requires that we stay focused to prevent injuries to ourselves as well as others. Talking on the phone, listening to music, watching videos, or texting while walking can be disastrous.

Assume the Driver Does Not See You

Finally, always assume the person driving the car does not see you. Even in a crosswalk drivers may not see you, as other vehicles may be blocking their view of pedestrians. Too often crosswalks provide an inflated sense of confidence. When crossing the road, watch for drivers turning onto that road or the ones making a right on red. Crosswalks do not require drivers to stop and yield to pedestrians not already beginning to cross, especially when controlled by traffic signals.

Our Legal Team Can Answer Your Questions

So, get outside, enjoy the warm weather, and be safe. Remember the rules of the road. Avoid distractions and assume you are invisible. These tips should help you have fun even when dealing with motor vehicles on your walk, run or ride. If you have any questions, call us today, or fill out our online form, or reach out to us on Facebook. At Schiller & Hamilton, We’ve got your back!

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