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Tips to keep pedestrians safe on Manhattan Beach roadways

One of the greatest joys of living in Manhattan Beach is the weather. Residents are able to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons. While the weather does not present too many problems in this region of California, there is one thing that can and does make walking a dangerous activity: Negligent or reckless drivers.

Obviously, you cannot control how other people drive, but you can do your part to keep yourself safe and reduce the amount of auto-pedestrian accidents that occur in your neighborhood. Following the tips below can help you steer clear of potentially fatal accidents.

-- Always face oncoming traffic when you walk or run.

-- Be ready to move over if traffic becomes heavy or the roadway narrows.

-- Make sure you always tell someone where you are going and your route.

-- Carry a cell phone with emergency contacts as well as identification.

-- Be extra careful near high-risk areas like bars and parking lots.

-- Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective gear at night.

-- Never assume drivers can see you.

-- Make sure you are able to hear approaching traffic. Be especially cautious if wearing headphones.

Walking, running and biking are enjoyable activities that are beneficial to your health. You have every right to enjoy the great outdoors, but you also owe it to yourself to practice safety at all times. If you do become injured in an auto-pedestrian accident caused by negligence, you have legal options in the state of California. Speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you make important legal decisions in the aftermath of your accident.

Source: Runner's World, "11 Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads," Jennifer Van Allen, accessed Feb. 15, 2017

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