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How pedestrians can protect themselves against motor vehicle accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2022 | Blog, Injuries

When it comes to getting from point A to point B, nothing beats walking. The fresh air and health benefits make going for a stroll highly pleasurable. The drawback is that leg power is much slower than horsepower. Cars are still our primary mode of transportation.

Drivers near walkers make this joyous activity much more dangerous. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths from crashes are increasing. People moseying near traffic must decrease their chances of getting hurt. Avoiding harm is always better than needing a personal injury professional.

Dress for visibility

What you wear affects the ability of motorists to see you. Dark colors are risky after sunset; bright colors are better. Yellows, oranges, and whites have better reflective properties. Because of this, pedestrians should dress in these hues.

Move against traffic

Going in the direction of vehicles makes detecting approaching vehicles difficult. People headed the opposite way have better odds of leaping away from an oncoming driver.

Observe crosswalk signals

Impatience can be deadly. Individuals sometimes cross streets before they have the green light. They are tempting fate. Responsible pedestrians advance when they are positive they have the right of way. They know that motorists tend to rush to make it through yellow lights. Even once a light is green, walkers must be vigilant. Those with smarts look both ways before stepping foot off sidewalks every time.

People in public are vulnerable to severe injury from reckless drivers. Those who escape catastrophe always engage in reasonable precautions.

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