Walking the streets in New York should not present the danger it does. However, pedestrian accidents can produce some of the most life-altering injuries and incidents involving pedestrians continue to rise.
Here at Simon & Gilman, LLP our primary concern is making sure you have the information you need to stay safe. As such, we have put together some of the most common safety tips to help you avoid an accident while out and about.
Crosswalks may not seem convenient all the time, but they could help keep you injury free. While accidents can still occur while pedestrians are in crosswalks, the rate of incidents is much lower. Since most crosswalks are found at intersections or areas with traffic-control measures, drivers are more likely to cautious.
Distracted walking is a real issue
You know the dangers of distracting driving, but have you thought about distracted walking? You may have seen someone trip while looking down at their phone, or worse, fall into a busy street. When walking along any route, keep your head up and ears open. Failing to do so may result in disastrous consequences.
Face traffic on streets without sidewalks
Walking in some rural areas may mean plodding along in the road. To stay as safe as possible, you should walk against the traffic. This allows you to keep your face towards oncoming danger and helps you remain on the lookout for vehicles who may pose a threat to your safety.
Accidents concerning pedestrians are some of the deadliest due to the higher rate of injury. Stay on the lookout for danger while making your way on foot. If you would like more information on pedestrian accidents, take a look at the resources provided on our website.