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4 Safety Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of a Pedestrian Accident

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Despite the many stay-at-home orders that have been enforced throughout the country and the noticeable decrease in traffic flow in recent weeks, there are still many drivers out and about on the roadways. This can lead to incidents of car accidents with injuries, regardless of the changes in our day-to-day routines. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable right now, especially as more and more people are choosing to walk outdoors to cope with the effects of isolation from being indoors more than usual. With open, less congested roadways, many drivers who are venturing out are taking liberties they may not normally take, such as pushing the speed limit or ignoring other rules of the road. Reckless driving behavior can lead to dangerous pedestrian accidents with debilitating consequences for the victim. The following safety precautions can help decrease the chances of an injury on foot, but a pedestrian who is hurt should always seek the guidance of a personal injury attorney when pursuing compensation for any damages.   

Protecting Yourself When Commuting by Foot

Whether you are one of the many people attempting to get outside more often in order to combat boredom, isolation, or simply for exercise, you are still at risk for a pedestrian accident and injury, even with fewer drivers on the roadways. It is important to keep your guard up and remain on the lookout for potential hazards, including negligent drivers. To increase your chances of avoiding injury, be a proactive pedestrian by practicing the below tips:

  1. Stay on the sidewalks - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges pedestrians to stay on sidewalks whenever available, and when there are no sidewalks available, choose instead to walk against the direction of the traffic so you are facing oncoming vehicles. Keep plenty of distance between you and the highway, since impaired or intoxicated motorists may swerve unexpectedly or veer onto the shoulder. 

  2. Make yourself visible - Wearing reflective clothing is a major safety precaution when traveling by foot at night, but even if you decide to get around by foot during the daylight hours, it is important to make sure you are visible to drivers around you. Wearing white or bright colors is ideal, and be sure you are able to see vehicles head-on and make eye contact with drivers. This is one of the reasons safety experts recommend walking facing oncoming traffic instead of walking away from it. Doing so allows you to see the cars coming at you, which gives you more time to react, especially if a driver is distracted.

  3. Obey the rules, even when drivers do not - Whether you walk to a corner convenience store or are simply taking a stroll around the block, obey the rules of the road, even when you witness drivers around you ignoring traffic laws. Use crosswalks at intersections, look both ways for oncoming cars before moving in any direction, and choose well-lit areas when walking during the twilight hours. You must be your own advocate. While you cannot control every driver’s behavior, you can make choices on your end to protect your safety by paying attention to the road signs and restrictions.

  4. Remain vigilant - It is all too easy to get distracted when you are out with another person or using your phone during a walk. Mmany of the same safety guidelines for preventing distracted driving apply to pedestrians as well. Remaining alert and aware is crucial to your safety as a pedestrian. The NHTSA suggests that pedestrians should avoid walking while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, and they should pay attention to their surroundings at all times. This includes watching driveways and alleyways for any vehicles that may be backing up to exit onto the street.

Contact an Arlington Heights Personal Injury Attorney

If you find yourself the victim of a negligent driver while commuting by foot, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Depending on the severity of the collision, you can incur expensive medical bills, and you may be unable to return to work. That is why it is essential that you consult a competent, seasoned Palatine pedestrian accident lawyer immediately. The dedicated legal team at the law firm of Newland & Newland LLP is prepared to fight for your rights and protect your best interests. Call our office today at 847-797-8000 today to schedule your free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

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