Many pedestrians are injured every day across America. Some of them never recover, while others are left to cope with life-changing injuries. Most pedestrian accidents involve a motor vehicle, and it is clear who ends up getting injured in the majority of cases.
If you are a pedestrian who prefers walking instead of driving a vehicle or riding a bike, here are some safety tips that will help increase your general safety on the road.
Have a Safe Walking Route
The safest way around the city is finding a route that has as little traffic as possible, and a few intersections as possible. That way, you will increase your general safety and reduce the odds of being involved in a pedestrian accident.
Most accidents occur at intersections, and when a pedestrian tries to cross the street. If you find yourself in a situation where you are hit by a car or another motor vehicle, contact our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Philadelphia and schedule a free consultation to receive a case evaluation and legal guidance.
Always Use Sidewalks
Whenever possible, stay on the sidewalks. As long as you are off the streets, there is nothing to worry about as most (almost all) accidents happen on the streets or crossings.
Face the Traffic
In situations where there are no sidewalks, try and walk facing the traffic, not the other way around. That way, you can see the incoming traffic and avoid any cars that may come your way. At the same time, the approaching vehicles will see you and avoid hitting you.
Obey The Traffic Signs and Signals
Just like you are on the sidewalk, the same rules apply when you are walking in the street. You have to obey all the traffic signs and signals, as that is the only way to be safe. This means crossing the street only at marked crosswalks and staying as far as possible from the traffic.
Use Paths That Are Well-Lit
If you are walking at night, try and stay on the paths that are properly lit. If you are walking in the dark and especially when walking at the side of the road, the oncoming vehicles may not see you. It is important to stay visible at all times to increase your general safety.
Wear Bright Colors
Always dress in bright colors when going for a walk at night. Philadelphia has many dark streets, and you want to let the drivers know of your presence. Wearing dark clothes will put you in danger of getting hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Many vehicles have blind spots. If you find yourself in one of those blind spots, you will most likely be injured. The most dangerous vehicles are those who are turning or backing up. They have many blind spots, so try and avoid walking behind a car that is backing up or next to a car that is turning.
Do Not Drink and Walk
Alcohol and drugs can cause you to wander off the sidewalk and onto the road. That could put you in danger and cause an accident, which could result in you getting injured or killed. Try and avoid using alcohol or drugs, especially before going for a night walk.
The worst thing that you can do is assume that the other drivers see you. Even if you are standing in the middle of the road, they could be distracted by something else without paying attention to the road ahead. At that point, you could be in grave danger.
Always walk defensively, and do not assume anything. And if you are hit by a vehicle, speak with Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys and ask for legal help and representation. You will be eligible to file a claim and obtain compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of income and earning potential
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us today!