Many pedestrian accidents happen when the pedestrian is out for a jog, simply going for a run to get some exercise. Drivers tend not to see these individuals or may misjudge the speed at which they are moving, leading to accidents that often happen on sidewalks, in crosswalks, in driveways and in other high-traffic areas.
But if you still want to get your daily exercise and you want to reduce your risk, what can you do to make it safer to run around traffic? After all, not everyone has the option to go to the gym.
Start off by limiting your distractions. Don’t listen to music when you run. Don’t wear headphones and remain vigilant, constantly watching the cars around you and assuming that other drivers have not seen you. Being alert is your best defense against a distracted driver.
Increase your visibility
It’s also beneficial to make yourself more visible. If you are running at night, this may mean wearing a headlamp or reflective clothing. If you’re running during the day, it may simply mean choosing bright colors so that you don’t blend in.
Choose your route carefully
Try to pick a route that provides you with sidewalks and other protected running areas. Only across the street when you have a crosswalk, preferably one that is light-controlled. Try to avoid running on roads where you would have to be on the shoulder, as this can significantly increase your risks.
Unfortunately, you can make all of the right decisions and still be injured by a negligent driver. If you are, then you may need to know how to seek financial compensation.