Every driver needs to be aware of pedestrians to make certain they avoid accidents, but it's also just as important for pedestrians to walk in a safe manner at all times. Not all drivers will operate their vehicles safely, so it's up to you as a pedestrian to be aware of your surroundings and take appropriate precautions. This article looks at some of the steps you can take to mitigate the possibility of being hit by a car or truck as you walk.
Of course, you know that drinking and driving is dangerous, but did you also know that walking after you have consumed alcohol is a huge problem as well? Just as alcohol slows down the reaction time of a driver, it slows down your reactions and judgments as a pedestrian. This could lead you to misjudge an approaching car's speed or fail to get out of the way of a vehicle in time. So, be extra careful if you must walk alone on city streets after you have been drinking. If at all possible, have a friend or friends who have not been drinking walk with you to help you avoid any issues.
It's easy for drivers to be distracted by their cell phones, and the same is true for pedestrians! Texting or looking at your cell phone while crossing a street or in the vicinity of a vehicle is not safe and should be avoided. With your eyes glued to your mobile phone screen, you can easily be unaware of an oncoming car until it's too late. Keep your phone in your pocket as you walk along the street and wait until you arrive at your destination to take it out.
The crosswalk is set up to help pedestrians avoid accidents, so make sure to use it. If you do not, then crossing the street becomes more dangerous. Always cross when the signal indicates that you should walk, and check for any vehicles that are approaching. If you see an approaching vehicle, make eye contact with the driver to be certain that they are aware of your presence.
Of course, even if you walk as safely as possible and take every precaution, an accident is still possible due to a driver who is operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner. If you ever are struck by a vehicle through no fault of your own, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to get the best advice on how to proceed.