Although it’s easy to get into a routine and walk the same way every day without a second thought, it’s worth taking the time to consider the safety of your usual route. If the way you usually go is missing sidewalks, requires you to cross a busy intersection, or is poorly lit, it could be putting you at risk for a car-pedestrian accident.
Here are some tips for choosing safe walking routes:
- Always walk on provided sidewalks, paths, and shoulders.
- If you must walk on the road, walk facing traffic.
- If you walk at night, choose a well-lit area.
- Pay attention to the condition of the walkway.
- Cross at designated pedestrian crossings.
Not All Orange County Sidewalks Are the Same
If your daily walking route isn’t the safest, think about choosing a different route that includes wider sidewalks, clear pedestrian crossings, and is in good repair. Sometimes there can be a dramatic difference in the quality of a sidewalk from block to block, and a few small changes in your route could make a big difference in your safety.
If there’s an alternate pedestrian path that allows you to avoid roadways altogether, give it a try. Even if it adds a minute or two to your daily walk, choosing a safer path is an easy way to reduce your risk of being injured in a car accident while on foot.
Sadly, there isn’t much you can do about drivers who choose to drink, check their texts on the road, or engage in other dangerous behaviors that cause accidents. But, if you must walk near a roadway, walking defensively and choosing a safer path can help reduce your risk as a pedestrian.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car as a pedestrian in Orange County and have questions about your rights, reach out to an Orange County accident lawyer with Russell & Lazarus today. You can reach us at (949) 851-0222 or by simply filling out the confidential online contact form on this page.