When you and your loved ones are out for a walk, the last thing you imagine is getting into a crash. You're near the roads, but you're not interfering with traffic. Despite that, you end up in a crash because someone wasn't watching the road.
Crashes like the one you were involved in take lives. If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you know how quickly your life changes. Fortunately, you can make a claim and takes steps to prevent incidents like this from happening again in the future.
A little safety knowledge goes a long way to preventing traffic accidents. Here are some tips for pedestrians looking to avoid crashes.
1. Monitor your surroundings
Even if you're on a sidewalk or in a marked crosswalk, there's a potential for a driver to hit you. Someone who isn't paying attention could drive up onto the sidewalk. Someone who is distracted by a crying child could run a red light. Always look both ways and stay focused.
2. Wear reflective clothing
If it's dusk or dark out, you may want to add a reflective or lighted piece of clothing to your wardrobe. Even if you just wear a few glow sticks around your neck, you're making yourself more visible to drivers.
3. Walk in a group
While it's possible for a driver to hit a group, it's less likely for drivers to be unaware of a larger group of people crossing ahead of them. Children 10 and under should cross with adults, and the elderly or those who struggle to cross quickly should also try to cross with another party to avoid a collision.
These are just a few tips that could help you stay safer on and near the roads. By staying alert, you can help prevent crashes.