When it comes to pedestrian safety, you can never be too careful. If you aren't watching your surroundings at all times, it's possible that you could be involved in an accident when you least expect it.
Just as there are steps drivers can take to avoid an accident, the same holds true for pedestrians. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Remain visible at all times. For example, if you are walking at night, wear reflective clothing to ensure that drivers can see you.
- Avoid distractions. Don't listen to loud music or text when walking. Doing so will take your attention away from what's going on around you.
- Follow the rules of the road. For example, you should always attempt to cross at a crosswalk. Also, stay on the sidewalk when possible.
- Don't drink alcohol. It may not be illegal to drink alcohol and then walk, but it will definitely improve the chances of an accident.
When you do these things, you'll find it much easier to remain safe as a pedestrian.
Unfortunately, even if you follow these tips, some drivers don't care to take your safety into consideration.
If you are struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, don't attempt to move from the scene. The best thing you can do is call 911 and remain where you are until help arrives.
Once you receive treatment and have a clear idea of what went wrong, you can turn your attention to your legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to seek compensation from the negligent party.
Source: AAA, "Tips for Pedestrian Safety," accessed Aug. 15, 2017