When using the sidewalk takes a turn from healthy to hazardous

Summer is just around the corner, and as you embark on your daily activities, you may decide to take advantage of the weather by traveling via the sidewalk. With the benefits of being a healthier form of travel and cutting down on fuel costs, you might not be the only one who considers this advantageous.

With an ever-increasing amount of traffic on Missouri streets, you might have concerns about the potential hazards involved. While there is an inherent level of risk in walking near traffic, by following safe walking procedures and tips, you may be much better prepared to deal with a variety of scenarios.

Staying safe as a pedestrian

Since controlling the actions and decisions of others may be impossible, preventing every accident can be a challenging endeavor. However, you may be able to reduce the chances of a dangerous collision by adhering to the necessary safety procedures, which include:

  • Be visible: Wearing bright clothing and carrying a flashlight in dimly lit areas are just two examples of choices that may increase the odds that a driver will notice your presence.
  • Remain vigilant: As a pedestrian, you should remain alert and aware of your surroundings, as this could help you spot a potential risk to your health in time to avoid a catastrophe.
  • Avoid distractions: Distractions aren't just dangerous for drivers, as attempting to walk and read or write a text could leave you exposed to hazardous scenarios.
  • Use caution when crossing: Intersections are a hotspot for pedestrian accidents, and even if you are attempting to enter a crosswalk at a traffic signal, merely assuming a driver sees you is never advisable.

As a pedestrian, you have many of the same rights to the road as the driver of a car. Unfortunately, others may not adhere to these rules, and they might not place the same value on your safety as you do.

When a collision occurs

Pedestrian-related collisions can be disastrous, and if the negligent actions of a driver cause you to become involved in a crash, you could suffer serious injuries in the process. With the high cost of medical care, such an incident could leave you in a financial bind and in search of relief.

While restitution is something for which you may be eligible, the civil justice system can be difficult to navigate. However, by speaking to someone with experience in handling such matters, you could obtain the advice and assistance you need to pursue the compensation deserved through a personal injury claim.

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