Walking will get you where you want to go, whether your destination is just across the street or on the other side of the city.
In addition, good weather brings out more walkers—but also the risk of more accidents. What could threaten your safety as a pedestrian?
Many vehicle-pedestrian accidents occur at intersections. Not all have signaled crosswalks but those that do greatly reduce the risk of a vehicle striking someone on foot.
Even if there is a signaled crosswalk, a driver making a left turn is looking in a different direction than the person walking across the street. The result can be catastrophic.
Even if you are walking in what you believe to be a safe neighborhood, beware of the quiet car. The risk of a slow-moving, battery-operated vehicle striking a pedestrian who does not hear it coming is 50% more likely to occur than in areas where the speed limit is higher.
Improper lane use
One situation you may not anticipate can occur when you are walking on a sidewalk. Someone riding a bicycle on that same sidewalk may force you onto the roadway and into traffic.
According to information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), almost half of all pedestrian accidents occur on the weekends and 70% happen after dark. Your safety may depend on your alert response not only to your surroundings but also to the time of day. If walking at night, carry a pocket flashlight and avoid wearing dark colors. If you should become the victim of an accident with a negligent motorist, remember that you have rights to protect. While you focus on recovery, your advocate can negotiate full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.