As a pedestrian, it’s important that you practice extreme care and caution to ensure that you’re getting to where you ened to go as safely as possible. While the Federal Highway Administration has made strides in increasing pedestrian safety, there are things you can to do avoid putting yourself at risk of being involved in an accident.
If you’re someone who takes walks in the evenings or early morning, be sure that you’re wearing clothing that is easily noticeable to other drivers. According to reports released by the National Highway Safety Administration, 32 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occur between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., when visibility is a considerable factor. Try to stay in areas that are well lit and make eye contact with drivers, especially when crossing the street. By wearing clothing that is reflective and lightly colored, you can be spotted easily by drivers.
Something as simple as putting down your phone and not wearing headphones can help you stay focused on your surroundings. With technology on a constant rise, smartphones become an everyday essential that we are easily distracted by. As a pedestrian, your most valuable tools for staying safe are your eyes and ears – it’s crucial that you use them.
Walk in Safe Spaces
Always use crosswalks when crossing the street and stay on sidewalks whenever possible. If you find yourself needing to cross the street and there’s no crosswalk, be sure to find an area that is well lit and wait for there to be a big enough gap in traffic that would allow you to safely make it to the other side. This should only be the case when crossing small streets – never try jay-walking across a busy street or intersection. It’s safer to go out of your way to find a crosswalk.
Don’t Drink and Walk
Nearly half of all traffic collisions that end in a pedestrian fatality involve alcohol consumption, and 34 percent of that total is from the pedestrian’s alcohol consumption. While it may seem safer to walk home after having too much to drink, alcohol significantly impacts your depth perception and balance – which can be extremely dangerous when walking alongside a busy street. The safest alternative is to call a taxi or use a ride sharing app to get home safely.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to call Randall J. Trost, P.C. today. Our Lynchburg pedestrian accident attorneys are backed by decades of experience and are unafraid to fight for justice on your behalf in a courtroom.
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