Walking is a great form of exercise for people of all ages. Parents can walk with their children for short distances, and even older individuals can use walking as a relatively low-impact exercise if their physical abilities allow it. Of course, walking can come with its hazards, especially if walking on or near roadways.
Vehicles are hazards to everyone, whether you are in another car, on a bicycle or on foot. As a result, you certainly want to make sure that you keep your safety a top priority when out getting exercise or walking to a desired destination.
What can you do to stay safe?
Fortunately, you can carry out a number of actions that can help you increase your safety while out and about on foot. Some safety tips include the following:
- Always use sidewalks if they are available.
- Try to make eye contact with vehicle drivers to ensure that they see you. Never assume that a driver sees you.
- Stay alert.
- Avoid distractions like cellphone use or daydreaming.
- Walk facing the flow of traffic if you have no sidewalk to walk on, and stay as far from traffic as possible.
- If crossing a street or intersection, use available crosswalks and wait for walk signs, if applicable.
- Always watch out for cars, including those that might be turning or backing out of driveways.
- Never walk while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Impairment on foot could put you at risk of an accident as much as drinking and driving.
- Wear bright colors during the day to increase your visibility, and wear reflective materials and carry a flashlight if walking at night.
- If you cannot cross a street at a crosswalk, cross in a well-lit area when a significant gap in traffic occurs. Always watch for vehicles as you cross.
Though you may consider walking your leisurely activity, it is important to remember that it can put you at risk of serious injury if a vehicle strikes you.
Were you injured as a pedestrian?
If you do find yourself seriously injured due to being struck by a vehicle while on foot, you may have reason to consider your legal options. If you did your best to stay safe and the driver of the vehicle is considered at fault for the accident, you could file a personal injury claim against that driver in efforts to obtain compensation for damages permitted under Louisiana state law.