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How can you improve your safety as a pedestrian?

As a pedestrian, you may worry about being struck by a motor vehicle. This is only natural, especially if you will be walking in close proximity to heavy traffic.

There are a number of things you can do to improve your safety as a pedestrian, including the following:

  • Make yourself visible. You can do this by wearing light-colored or reflective clothing. You should also consider carrying a light when walking at night.
  • Avoid distractions. Just the same as when you are driving, you need to avoid distractions such as texting or talking on your cellphone.
  • Follow the rules of the road. This means crossing the street at crosswalks and using the sidewalk, as opposed to walking on the shoulder.
  • Only walk in safe places. This is easier said than done, but do your best to walk in places that are safe. If you must walk on the shoulder of the road, be sure to face traffic.
  • Don't consume alcohol. It may not be illegal to drink alcohol and walk, but it still increases the likelihood of an accident.

There are many things you can do to improve your safety as a pedestrian, with these tips among the best.

If you are involved in any type of pedestrian accident, stay put and wait for medical help to arrive. From there, you can receive treatment and turn your attention to your legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, such as if the driver acted in a negligent manner, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: AAA, "Tips for Pedestrian Safety," accessed Aug. 24, 2017

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