The roads are for everyone: Drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, runners and more. However, the reality is that most people use the roads with motor vehicles, so those in other categories often feel marginalized and like they’re in danger. Cars and trucks are the largest, faster and most dangerous things on the road, and they tend to dominate modern streets to an incredible degree.
Don’t forget, you still have a right to share the road if you’re on foot. You just need to know how to do it safely. Here are a few important tips:
- Watch drivers when crossing the street. Even if you have the walking sign, remember that a driver who is turning may not think to look for you. If you can, try to make eye contact so that they know you’re there and you know they saw you.
- Always try to cross at an intersection or a crosswalk. This is where drivers expect you to be and being predictable works in your favor.
- Sometimes, you need to walk on the road itself. Maybe it’s a smaller road with no sidewalks, for instance. If you find yourself in this situation, remember that you’re supposed to face the oncoming traffic. Do not walk with traffic, the way you would ride a bike.
- Don’t listen to music on your headphones. It’s distracting and you may not notice nearby traffic.
- Wear something bright, especially if you are walking at night. Make yourself as visible as you can.
These tips can help, but you may still get injured in an auto-pedestrian accident. If you do, you may have a right to financial compensation.