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Safety tips for running or walking near the street

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Car accidents

Going for a run or a walk can be terrific for your health. It’s a good way to stay in shape, and it’s an easy thing that anyone can do even if they don’t have a gym membership. It can also be very productive, such as when people walk to run errands or simply walk the dog.

You may have to run or walk near the street, however, and that brings up a lot of dangers for you as a pedestrian. You could suffer injuries in a car accident caused by a negligent driver. Is there anything that you can do to keep yourself safe?

These steps can help

There are some tips you can use to lower your odds of being involved in a crash, and the following are a few good things to keep in mind:

  • Choose a well-lit area if you are going at dawn or dusk. 
  • Wear a headlamp or a vest with built-in lights if you’re going to be out after dark. Do not listen to music on headphones or earbuds. 
  • Always obey traffic signals and cross the street at crosswalks. 
  • Try to stick to roads that have sidewalks and make sure you move against traffic if you have to walk or run on the shoulder.

Finally, you should always assume that other drivers don’t see you. In some ways, this is similar to defensive driving. You want to anticipate that other people are going to make mistakes so that you may avoid being involved in an accident.

What if you get hurt anyway?

Unfortunately, you can do everything the right way and still be injured if a driver is acting recklessly or negligently. If this happens to you, then you need to know how to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.