April 22, 2016

There is an incredible level of danger with any pedestrian accidents, so it’s wise to take steps to protect yourself. Even if you’re not at fault—if a driver hits you while you’re legally crossing the street, with the signal, for example—the ramifications for you are far worse than they are for the driver. Use these tips to stay safe.

1. If you’re out at night, it’s a good idea to wear bright clothes. You may even want to consider clothes with reflectors on them, which are often worn by cyclists. Some experts have said that it can also be wise to carry a flashlight.

2. Stick to the sidewalks as much as possible. This can’t be done everywhere, though, so be sure you face traffic when walking on the shoulder.

3. Look three times before going across the road. For example, start by looking to the left, then look to the right, then switch back to the left before stepping over the curb.

4. Don’t text while you walk. If crossing a road, don’t use your phone at all. Wait until you’re on the other side.

5. Be highly alert for any cars that are turning. Remember, even if the walk signal says you can walk, a driver may also be legally able to turn. He or she is supposed to stop for you in the crosswalk, but drivers sometimes don’t see pedestrians when turning.

6. When a car stops, it helps to make eye contact with the person driving before going in front of the car.

These tips won’t prevent all accidents, so make sure you know your rights to compensation in Pennsylvania.

Source: Treehugger, “Not only should pedestrians wear reflective clothing, NYPD tells them to carry flashlights at night,” Lloyd Alter,