Walking is one of the cheapest ways to get around and get into shape. All you need is a good pair of shoes and your own two feet. You can walk just about anywhere and get into places that vehicles can't. That may be simplifying taking to the road as a pedestrian since it takes more time and effort to reach your destination, and you will probably end up having to share the road with vehicles at some point in your travels.
Anytime you are in close proximity with vehicles, your life is at risk. Even on a sidewalk, you need to remain vigilant since drivers have been known to do some crazy things behind the wheel. Cars don't often jump the curb and drive on the sidewalk, but crazier things have happened. Moreover, if an accident occurs near you, flying debris, including the car itself, could come hurtling toward you and cause you injury.
Ways you can keep yourself safe
If you are a pedestrian, the extent of your vulnerability to injuries can't be stressed enough. Taking your safety into your own hands may help keep you alive and uninjured. So, how do you do that? The following advice may help:
- Use the sidewalk. If there isn't one, walk facing oncoming traffic.
- Be sure a driver can see you before you begin to cross the street.
- Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight at night.
- You can't assume a vehicle will stop for you. Look at the driver and try to make eye contact to ensure he or she sees you.
- If possible, don't cross the street until you reach an intersection or sidewalk.
- Pedestrian signals are just a suggestion to cross. You still need to look both ways.
- Look and listen for signs that a vehicle is approaching you.
- If you cross multiple lanes of traffic, be sure that a driver in every lane sees you. Just because one stops that doesn't mean they all will.
- Be on the lookout for turning vehicles. Drivers may be more involved in the turn than watching for you.
- Don't drink and walk. You won't be as alert, and you may even step out in front of a vehicle.
- Don't text and walk. If your eyes are on your phone, you aren't watching the traffic.
- Don't walk with headphones. You may not hear a vehicle coming toward you or honking at you.
Even if you take all of this advice to heart, you may still end up the victim of an accident involving a negligent driver. If this happens to you, you may have suffered moderate to severe injuries that require medical attention, time off work and other sacrifices on your part. Many of those sacrifices come with monetary losses. You may be able to recover those losses through the filing of a personal injury claim.