We have covered simple tips to help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in California. Today we are going to offer extended tips. If you follow all of the tips available, then you can stay much safer while walking. You cannot prevent all accidents though. If you are injured in this type of accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Always Look Both Ways Before You Cross the Street
Every time you cross the street, make sure you are looking both ways. You should also be listening to see if you can hear oncoming vehicles. Remember that if you are listening to music or a podcast, or are talking on the phone, this can not only distract you from seeing what is going on around you, but it could also prevent you from hearing traffic around you.
Hold the Hand of Children Crossing with You
If you are crossing the street with your child or a child who is under your care, make sure you are holding their hand. Even if they do not want to, even if they think they are old enough to cross without holding hands, it is important to always hold their hand.
Do Not Run in Intersections
You should always walk through intersections – never run. If you run, you are greatly increasing the chance that you trip and fall. If you do so in the intersection, this could lead to serious injuries and even death. If there is not enough time to cross without running, then you should not be crossing at all.
Get a Ride Home if You Have Been Drinking
Fortunately, there are fewer drunk drivers than there were in years past. Unfortunately, sometimes the alternatives people choose are not as safe as they think they are. For example, walking down the street drunk can be deadly if you swerve into the street. If you must walk while intoxicated, avoid crossing the street unless necessary. Ideally, you would call a rideshare, taxi, or sober friend to get you home safely.
Make Sure People Can See You
When walking at night, make sure you are wearing bright, reflective clothing so that drivers can see you. Stick to pedestrian safety zones or walking paths designated for pedestrians. Drivers will be much more likely to keep an eye out for you if they expect that you will be there.
Of course, you could follow all of these tips and end up being injured in a pedestrian accident. If that is the case then we strongly recommend you contact a personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience. You can get a free legal consultation by reaching out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 today.