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Taking steps to improve your safety as a pedestrian

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2023 | Car Accidents

There could be a variety of potential benefits involved with walking to and from many or most of your daily destinations. As a pedestrian, you may enjoy the notion of skipping out on fuel and maintenance costs and bypassing the need to sit in traffic, and the added health benefits of a similar form of exercise can also be appealing. 

However, you may also have some concerns about your safety, as it is no secret that collisions involving pedestrians can carry catastrophic repercussions. Addressing some steps to take to promote safety as a pedestrian could be vital to safeguarding your well-being, but at least a portion of your safety may still rest in the hands of others nearby. 

Safety topics for pedestrians 

There are numerous types of steps you can take to help promote a safer journey while out walking along California roads, some of which may include: 

  • Improving visibility: Improving visibility is vital to pedestrian safety. Wearing bright clothing and using caution when walking near obstacles that obstruct visibility are two ways to achieve such goals. 
  • Know the rules: Knowing and adhering to traffic laws may also be integral to promoting safety as a pedestrian. Researching these laws could provide you with a wealth of useful information on the topic of safety. 
  • Intersection safety: It may also be vital to use caution when navigating through a crosswalk at an intersection, as simply assuming nearby drivers will yield right-of-way might not always be the safest decision. 
  • Maintain constant focus: Sources of distraction can also prove exceedingly dangerous for pedestrians, and maintaining constant focus while walking could help you prepare to reach your destination safely. 

Being familiar with the routes you will take and sticking to well-lit areas at night could also be integral components to promoting safety as a pedestrian. 

Reckless drivers 

Unfortunately, a pedestrian-related accident could occur at any moment, and the aftermath of the incident could wreak havoc on various aspects of your life. If the reckless actions of a driver cause a crash that leaves you with severe or life-changing injuries, you might find it difficult to accept the outcome of the situation. While there might be nothing you can do to change what took place, there may be certain steps you can take to protect your future and seek the restitution you deserve.