Auto accidents involving pedestrians can be the most serious kind. A car or truck weighs a lot more than you do and can therefore exert tremendous force on your vulnerable body.
According to the National Safety Council, pedestrians account for more than 17% of all deaths from motor vehicle accidents. Most of these deaths occurred among people ages 45 to 74, but all ages are susceptible. Becoming a pedestrian from time to time is unavoidable, so here are some tips to help keep you safe when you have to walk congested urban streets.
If you are using your phone when walking, you are not as aware of your surroundings. Put it away so you can watch where you are going and keep an eye out for any approaching cars.
Avoid using earbuds while you are walking. While you may be able to keep your eyes on the road while using them, you may not be able to hear auditory clues of an impending collision.
Avoid drugs and alcohol
Intoxicants can impair your walking ability just as they can your driving ability. It is harder to avoid a collision when your movement is erratic and unpredictable.
Know where to walk
Whenever possible, you should stay on the sidewalks. However, these are not always available. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road so that you can see approaching traffic.
Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing when walking, particularly at night. Before crossing the street, try to make eye contact with approaching vehicles.
As either a driver or a pedestrian, you should always follow the rules of the road, not only because they are the law but because behaving predictably helps prevent accidents.