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Pedestrian safety starts with how you prepare for the journey

It is no secret that being involved in a major collision can be a stressful and scary experience. Since the fallout of a crash could have a significant impact on your well-being, you may feel it vital to take every possible measure to avoid such an incident, but you can only control so much of what happens on Texas roads.

If you enjoy doing most of your traveling via the sidewalk, the chances you would be able to react quickly enough to move out of the path of a swift-moving vehicle may be slim to none. As such, finding ways to spot a potential hazard in time to avoid it could be vital to staying safe.

Pedestrian safety

The way you prepare for travel and the mindset you take on as you walk to and from your destinations could have a substantial influence on the level of risk you face as a pedestrian. Some tips to help you better prepare to stay safe as you travel may include:

  • Know the rules: Knowing and adhering to traffic laws is vital for pedestrians and failing to obey the rules of the road may only increase the chances a potentially devastating accident might occur.
  • Know the risks: Preparation is vital to pedestrian safety and understanding the potential hazards you might encounter while out walking could help you prepare to handle a variety of scenarios.
  • Awareness is key: As maintaining constant awareness of your surroundings is also imperative, avoiding distractions and being vigilant could be essential to keeping disaster at bay.
  • Stay sober: It may also be advisable to avoid walking near traffic while under the influence of alcohol, as the presence of impairment can affect your judgment and motor skills substantially.

Unfortunately, you cannot expect everyone to place the same level of importance on safety as you do. Should you encounter a negligent driver while out walking, you could be the one who suffers the consequences.

Aftermath of a crash

After suffering severe injuries in a pedestrian-related collision due to the actions of another party, you could be wondering about the next steps to take to seek restitution. Since the civil justice system can be complex, it could be in your best interests to consult with someone with experience in such matters for guidance on your available legal avenues. Seeking advice early on could help place you in a better position to pursue the full amount of compensation you deserve through a personal injury claim.

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