Pedestrian Safety

by RyanD on January 24, 2013

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 300 people are treated for pedestrian related injuries every day. With that in mind, getting across a busy street to your favorite restaurant may be a lot more perilous than you might think! The truth of the matter is that despite laws in effect to protect pedestrians, many pedestrians still get hurt on a daily basis. Whether you are someone who always hoofs it to work or you are someone who needs to get kids across busy streets once in a while, there are a few tips that can keep you safer.

Light Colors
One issue that contributes to pedestrian injuries is visibility. If a driver cannot see you, they are much more inclined to do something that can endanger you. Dark clothing absorbs light, and lighter clothing throws light back. If you are going out when it is at all dim, through on something light. On top of that, you might want to consider reflector strips that you can attach to your outerwear. Emergency personnel have uniforms that have strips like this to prevent them from getting hit when they are working on accident.

Make Eye-Contact
Before you cross a road, make sure that you make eye-contact with the person who is sitting at the light. If you can make eye-contact with them, it means that they know you are there and so they will not do anything reckless. On top of that, making eye-contact makes them realize that you are a real person, and thus deserving of respect and room on the road. Some people go so far as to wave to people before they cross, making sure that they are seen. This might feel a little awkward at first, but you will find that it goes a long way towards helping you avoid issues.

Be Predictable
Accidents happen when things occur that are out of the ordinary. For example, if there is a crosswalk, make sure that you use it. Cross with the lights and don’t jump the gun when you are trying to cross the road. If you are standing where the cars expect you to be standing, they are going to be able to avoid you. Remember that visibility is key when you are out and about.

Walking Against Traffic
Most of us don’t like to do it, but there are just going to be times when you have to walk along a road that has no sidewalk. If you want to make sure that you are going to have the maximum amount of visibility, consider walking on the side of the road opposite to the one where you would be driving. That means that the oncoming cars are going to be closest to you, and that you will be able to see them. This enables you to get out of the way a lot more effectively if someone is being reckless.

Use Crosswalks Whenever Possible
Using the crosswalk might mean a little more walking, but in the end, it is entirely worth it, particularly if you have young children. Too many people skip out on crosswalks, but the truth is, this is where the cars will be stopping naturally. If you have to cross a road, do it where the cars stop.

Take a moment to learn more about what it takes to keep yourself safe as you walk along. This can save your life. When involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, especially as a pedestrian, it is important to receive legal assistance with a certified personal injury lawyer.




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