Walking is a fun and inexpensive activity that many people like to do as a form of exercise or even a mode of transportation. You feel safe when you’re walking on public sidewalks, protected from the traffic. However, in 2014 4,884 pedestrians died in pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents. And that number rose 3.1 percent from 2013. Allow experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyers to take some time to help keep you safe and free from personal injury while participating in this fun and healthy activity.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Don’t use your time away from the hustle and bustle of your busy life to become attached to your smartphone. Texting a friend, catching up on the latest TV show or even listening to music can be a major distraction. Keep your eyes and ears open and aware.
Follow the Rules
Stay on the sidewalk and follow the rules. This means if you need to cross the road, do so only at a crosswalk and when you have the right-of-way. Don’t ever assume that the drivers are going to follow the rules by yielding to you, the pedestrian. Make sure traffic has come to a complete stop before you step out into the road.
Light and Bright
If walking at night, be sure to wear bright-colored clothing, if possible, with some attached reflective strips. Walk in areas with light. Walking in a dark area with dark clothing is unsafe, as the driver of a car approaching you may not see you until it’s too late. Be mindful when you cross parking lots where traffic patterns and lighting can change.
If you’ve found yourself injured in a car-pedestrian accident, contact us as soon as possible.