How safe are you while out and about? Whether you are biking on the side of the road, crossing the street, or a driver behind the wheel, you’ve got to be alert at all times. Just because you are paying attention does not mean that someone else is.
Many car accidents are not just two-vehicle collisions. In fact, many car accidents involve vehicles striking cyclists and pedestrians. Sometimes the person survives the encounter and other times they are not so lucky. Whether you’re crossing the road, walking on the sidewalk, riding your bike as a cyclist, or a driver, you can benefit from having your senses about you and practicing basic safety.
That’s what we’re talking about today, so read on and find out more about this subject if you’re interested!
As a pedestrian, never assume that vehicles see you– even if it’s broad daylight. Same for bicycles, and drivers. Assume that everyone is going to do the wrong thing. That way, if it happens, you’re at least mentally prepared to react to it. This may be a biker making a reckless move, a driver not seeing a pedestrian in the road, someone running out in front of your car, or avoiding two cars that are about to have an accident as a biker. The situations are endless.
Consider that not all crossings for pedestrians are created equal. Some may have flashing lights while others may have zero illumination or visible warnings that someone is crossing. Keep in mind whether you know the area or you’re driving somewhere for the first time as you may not be accustomed to where the crossings are or be focusing a little too much on finding your way.
Pedestrians should always keep an eye out for vehicles. Even when on the sidewalk, you never know when someone may have lost control of their vehicle or is having a medical event. Walkers and bikers should be aware of the possibility of drivers that are intoxicated being on the road and being a potential danger. One pedestrian is killed as a result of being hit by a vehicle every two hours.
Avoid having music too loud in headphones when biking or walking. Do not have music so loud when driving as to distract you. It could overpower your other senses and you could not notice that person walking in the crosswalk. It happens every day, and then people find themselves calling up an experienced personal injury attorney.
Every day accidents happen because someone wasn’t paying attention. This could be you or it could be a driver, a biker, a pedestrian. Accidents can happen anywhere, from busy traffic areas to isolated roads. Don’t assume that you’re immune from it just because of where you are. Consider that at night there could be people out without the safety reflective clothing or gear and you might not see them until later than you’d like.
Bikers should have reflectors on their bikes and wear helmets at the least. Use hand signals when turning. Pedestrians should also have reflective gear if walking or exercising at night. It only takes one person not paying attention or making a poor decision to cause an accident. If you’ve been involved in a personal injury or traffic accident, consult a lawyer at The Law Offices of Payas, Payas, and Payas today.