The Bee Gees said you could tell by the way they walk they were stayin’ alive.
While you should be able to walk our streets without being injured or killed by a car, sadly, this is not the case. The way you walk affects your chances of avoiding a pedestrian accident. Here are some things you can do to increase your chances of staying alive.
- Cross at crossings: Drivers expect people to be in the road at crossing points. They do not expect people to be crossing the street at other places. If you are on a crossing, it is more likely a driver will notice you.
- Take the safe route: Yes, it may take more time to walk to the bridge, or through the underpass, but they help keep you safe. Dashing across four lanes of traffic is not.
- Look and listen: Drivers should watch for pedestrians, and you should watch for cars when walking. Walking along glued to your phone, or talking to someone through your earpiece means you are not paying attention to your surroundings.
- Stare drivers down: By looking at the approaching driver, you can tell if they have noticed you. You can tell if they are going to stop or not.
- Don’t walk if you can’t: Leaving the car at the bar and walking home when you have too much to drink is great. However, if you have drunk so much that you are unable to walk in a straight line, get a cab to rather than risk your life crossing the street.
Even if you take these tips, a negligent driver could still hit you. Seek legal help if this is the case.