There is a lot of talk about how dangerous the roadways of Boston can be. This is backed up by the many car accidents throughout the area on a daily basis.
But did you know that being a pedestrian in this city can be just as dangerous? Just because you are walking does not mean that you are out of harm’s way. In fact, there is a whole other set of circumstances that you have to deal with.
Above all else, you should always be paying attention to what is going on around you. Most importantly, this means watching what the cars on the road are doing.
Need to cross the street? Make sure you do so at a crosswalk, at the appropriate time. There is no reason to “dart” into traffic, not even if you are in a hurry.
No matter where you are walking – downtown or in an outlying suburb – make sure you use the sidewalks whenever possible. Walking in the street is only going to increase your chance of being hit.
Are you walking or jogging at night? This increases your chance of a pedestrian injury. To stay safe, carry a flashlight with you and wear bright colored clothing. Remember, you may be able to see a car coming but that does not mean they can see you.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian injury, the best way to avoid confusion is to contact a personal injury attorney. The sooner you do so, the less likely it is that you will have problems collecting the compensation you deserve.
It can be beneficial to your health and bank account to walk as opposed to driving a car. However, this can also put you at risk for a pedestrian related accident.