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Avoiding an accident as a pedestrian

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2022 | Pedestrian Accident

Walking can help you get from here to there while getting in some exercise. Whether you are walking to enjoy the outdoors or walking as part of running errands, summer is a great time to stretch your legs and get outside.

Going for a walk can also be dangerous. When cars are driving quickly, and motorists’ attention is divided by a flurry of activity, it can be difficult for a driver to see you before it is too late.

Here are a few steps you can take to make your next walk a little safer.

Make eye contact

For the most part, motorists know they must stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. However, when a driver is in an unfamiliar area or sees something immediate that needs their attention, they may not see someone waiting to cross.

When you are in a crosswalk, try to make eye contact with the driver before you walk in front of their vehicle. While the crosswalk signal may indicate that it is your turn, taking an extra moment to ensure a motorist can see you can help prevent an accident.

Think visibility

Dark colors tend to be trendy in all seasons. While they may match your intended vibe for the day, dark colors do not catch the attention of someone driving a large vehicle.

Ideally, light and bright shades will help drivers be able to see you. However, if you must wear dark colors, consider wearing a reflective safety vest over your clothes, especially if you are walking at night.

When cars and pedestrians collide, it can have devastating effects. You can decrease the chance of an accident by taking a couple of extra steps to ensure drivers can see you.