Whether you are a regular pedestrian or only occasionally take to foot, you still face some risk when walking near traffic.
Accidents with vehicles can have life-altering consequences. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to increase your safety as a pedestrian.
Predictability can prevent a disaster. Make sure you follow relevant laws and obey traffic signals. You should only cross the street at designated areas and use caution when in places a driver may not expect a pedestrian to be.
Make yourself visible
Accidents are much more likely if cars have trouble seeing you. Nighttime is particularly hazardous. If walking in the dark, you should wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight and only cross the street in well-lit areas.
Expect drivers to ignore traffic signals
Though most people do follow traffic rules, you should not assume they will. Even when you have a walk signal at a crosswalk, try to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they have seen you before crossing.
You are your first defense against an accident, so make sure you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. You should avoid using a cellphone or headphones, particularly when crossing the street or traveling on roads without sidewalks. Walking while under the influence or otherwise impaired may also prevent you from staying alert.
If you are a victim of an accident with a vehicle, you should document everything and seek medical attention. You may have options to receive compensation for your injuries.