When you travel, you may not be able to avoid instances where you have to walk distances to reach certain places. This much is true as a pedestrian, and you have to put your safety into consideration in order to avoid accidents from happening to you. Put this advice into use when traveling so you can keep yourself safe on the roads:
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection show that there are approximately 1.25 million casualties of vehicle accidents every year, making for an average of 3,400 deaths everyday because of the same cause. This makes accidents involving vehicles the eighth leading cause of death globally and the leading cause for youth fatalities, especially for those who are 15 to 29 years old. Should this trend continue, vehicle accidents will be the seventh leading cause of fatalities around the world.
Of the numbers above, half of the casualties involve cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. Accidents often involve trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, buses, and/or cars. However, much as the road isn’t always the safest place to travel on, keeping an eye on safety is still possible. Here are some ways:
Do You Know How To Walk?
The subheading might be a bit distracting to read, but this is true. Knowing exactly how to walk and how to walk properly can greatly aid in keeping you safe on the roads. For instance:
- Don’t keep yourself distracted while walking. Remember, you ears and eyes are your best tools to ensure your safety, so don’t be preoccupied. Don’t get on your phone if you’re walking. If you have to answer a call or check a map, go to a safe place and open it there. Don’t listen to music either as it can distract you from relevant sounds around you.
- Make sure you’re visible as well. If possible, make eye contact with drivers and wear reflective clothing. When walking during the daytime, wear something bright to catch drivers’ attention. When walking on nighttime, wear something lightly colored.
Do You Know Where To Walk?
As a pedestrian, the majority if not all your activities will involve walking a lot. This means you should understand where’s the proper places to safely walk in order to keep yourself safe. For instance:
- Remember to cross streets with crosswalks. If they’re not available, find a part of the street with the brightest lighting and cross there so you are easily visible to other drivers.
- If walking on roads, stay on the sidewalk for as much as you physically can. If there are no sidewalks, then make sure you walk farthest from the road that is facing traffic so you can be much more visible to drivers.
- Don’t walk on highways or other forms of road that are announced to be prohibited to pedestrians.
Do You Know The Rules?
One of the most important aspects of keeping yourself safe as a pedestrian is if you know your rights and responsibilities as a pedestrian in the first place. While a lawyer might be able to help you explore the legalities of the matter at hand, do understand that the road has rules to follow not just for vehicles and drivers, but for you as well. For instance:
- If possible, try to familiarize yourself with signals, signs, and traffic rules not just in your place of residence, but everywhere you go. Try to find where you can walk safely, where you have to stop, when you have to stop, and when pedestrians always walk so you don’t get penalized for violations.
- Don’t assume that drivers will give you the right of way just because you’re a pedestrian. Make eye contact whenever possible so you know the driver is aware of your presence while you’re crossing.
- Don’t drink alcohol and then walk on roads. Alcohol can impair physical reflexes, decision making, and other essential skills needed to keep yourself safe on the roads.
Remember, when it comes to road safety, there is no compromise. If there are certain regulations and rules for you to follow as a pedestrian, don’t hesitate and don’t try to take the law into your own hands. Click here to know more about your legal options when a pedestrian accident happens to you.