If you are going to be walking on or around the roads, then you need to know how you can do so safely. Staying safe as a pedestrian does require you to take steps to prevent crashes with others.
There are many steps you can take to avoid collisions and accidents. Here are five that you’ll be able to implement right away.
- Stay off your phone
The first thing to remember is that you and other drivers can be distracted by using a phone. It’s smart to put away your phone and to pay attention to what’s going on around you. That way, you’ll notice if someone is honking at you or if there is a hazard approaching.
- Avoid listening to music too loudly
Another tip is to avoid listening to music too loudly since it could block out warning sounds. Make sure you can hear others speaking to you, as well as road noises, even if you’re listening to music.
- Cross with more than one person
It might be difficult to do, but it’s smart to cross the road with more than one person whenever you can. By crossing in a group, you’ll make it easier for others to see you.
- Look both ways, even if you have a WALK signal
Don’t assume that having a WALK signal means that you’ll be able to cross the road safely. The reality is that someone may hit you because they’re not paying attention. Always look both ways before you enter the roadway.
- Wear bright colors and reflectors
Wear white, yellow, neon colors and reflectors if you want to stand out more. Being visible, especially in the evening, at dawn or during rainy days, will help minimize the risk of getting hit by a driver who doesn’t see you.
These are a few tips to help you stay safer as a pedestrian. If you are hit by a driver who wasn’t paying attention, then you may have a case against them and be able to make a personal injury claim to cover the costs associated with your injuries.