With summer in full swing and the cooler autumn months right around the corner, Indiana residents are likely to see more and more pedestrian traffic. Whether these individuals choose to walk as a healthy alternative or they are walking to a close-proximity destination, pedestrians are an important part of the traffic flow along city streets.
Here are some common safety tips pedestrians can use to keep themselves out of danger:
- Be predictable: First and foremost, a pedestrian can protect himself or herself by being predictable. Whether this means only crossing at a marked crosswalk or not darting into traffic to get around an obstacle on the sidewalk, you can avoid danger by staying predictable as a pedestrian.
- Avoid distractions: Distractions can come in many forms – even while walking. Talking on a cell phone, eating a snack, looking at a map, reading or simply dancing along to your favorite song can all put a pedestrian in harm’s way. Even though it is tempting to pass the time with activities, it is wise to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Use crosswalks and safety signals: Drivers are trained to look for these areas of the road. However, pedestrians are still encouraged to stay alert in case a driver is inattentive. It is wise to cross the street at crosswalks and follow the traffic safety signals to avoid a collision.
- Don’t assume the driver sees you: Closely following the previous tip, pedestrians should assume they are invisible to drivers on the road. Whether you are at a crosswalk, or you have the right-of-way when the driver is turning right on red, it is crucial that you make eye contact with the driver to ensure he or she sees your intentions.
- Stay visible: In the same vein, you should dress for the occasion. Try to wear bright colors if you will be walking around dusk or dawn. Reflective patches or a small flashlight clipped to a backpack can make you more visible to passing traffic.
Traffic safety falls on the shoulders of both pedestrians and drivers. Unfortunately, a negligent driver can cause devastating injuries to pedestrians in every collision. If you suffered brain trauma, spinal cord damage, paralysis, amputation or another severe injury, it is wise to explore your legal options for monetary compensation.