Pedestrian Safety Tips
In a crash between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, it’s sadly obvious who the loser would be. Pedestrians have to place a large amount of trust in the way roadways are constructed as well as the drivers around them to keep them safe. While walkers and joggers must rely on drivers to be conscientious, there are also some steps that pedestrians can take to help protect themselves.
First, always use a sidewalk, if one is available. This may mean crossing to the other side of the road, but sidewalks or other designated walking areas provide some space away from the road for walkers and joggers. Additionally, if you do have to cross, use a marked crosswalk instead of jaywalking because drivers may not be expecting you to cross in the middle of the road.
Next, try to avoid walking or jogging along the side of the road at night. It is harder for drivers to see you when it is dark, so try to make yourself as conspicuous as possible if this cannot be avoided. For example, wear white or light-colored clothing at the very least. If you can, wear items with reflective markings that will stand out to a night driver.
Lastly, teach your children these safety tips. Also, make sure that they know to carefully look both ways in a left-right-left pattern before they cross the street. Try to avoid walking in dangerous areas such as beside train tracks or on a freeway. This way, you can help keep your child safe.
Sometimes, no amount of safe pedestrian practices can protect you from an errant and negligent driver. Pedestrian and motor vehicle collisions can leave the walker or jogger with serious head trauma, abrasions, broken bones, or even fatal injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian-auto accident, you should speak to an attorney about the legal options available to you. For more information, contact the Wisconsin motor vehicle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.