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What can pedestrians do to increase their safety?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2022 | Motor vehicle accidents

Drivers have a massive responsibility toward pedestrians because they are inside a vehicle and someone on foot is not.

Cars can do so much damage to pedestrians that drivers must do everything they can to avoid contact.

Not all drivers accept their responsibility

While few drivers intentionally set out to injure pedestrians, many do not proceed with the necessary caution to ensure they don’t. So whenever you travel by foot, it pays to remember this and take extra care yourself, just in case. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Be seen: Maybe you are not the type of person to dress in bright colors. That is OK, but remember you need to work extra hard to be seen. If blacks and greys are your favored color palette, you will blend into the shadows more easily than your color-loving friends. Make sure you cross where there is lighting. If you need to step into the road, double-check it is safe to do so. If you want to cross in front of a vehicle, look at the driver to see some sign they have noticed you and intend to slow.
  • Pay attention: Accept that many drivers will be using their phones while driving or that they will be distracted in some other way. If you, too, are distracted, it will increase the chance of a collision further. When you go to cross the road, you cannot afford to be oblivious due to staring at your phone screen or blocking out all sound with your headphones.

You should be able to feel safe when walking around town. We all should. Yet the best way to stay safe is to accept the world is not as safe as it should be. Caution can help you avoid needing to find out more about how personal injury compensation works firsthand.