Safety tips for pedestrians

Safety tips for pedestrians

| Apr 1, 2016 |

Michigan pedestrians have a much higher risk of dying or suffering serious injuries when they are involved in traffic accidents than do people in vehicles. There are several things they should do to reduce their risk of being hit.

One very important thing pedestrians should do is to make certain they are easy for drivers to see. During the day, it is smart to wear brightly colored clothing and to try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road. Crossing at marked crosswalks is also important. During the night, pedestrians should wear reflective, light clothing and only cross in areas that are well-lit.

It is important that pedestrians make certain they are alert at all times. This means not wearing headphones and paying attention to traffic. People should likewise avoid texting or talking on their cellphones while they walk, as those activities distract their attention away from traffic. Following traffic signs, signals and the rules of the road is important at all times. Similarly, people should try to only cross at crosswalks, but if they are unavailable, they should cross in areas that are well lit or at intersections instead of the middle of the road. They of course should avoid walking when they have had too much to drink.

A pedestrian who is hit by a car may be left facing a lifetime of disability. This can leave the person with high medical expenses and an inability to earn a living. In the event that the vehicle driver was negligent, a personal injury attorney can aid in seeking compensation for those and other losses.