Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
If there is one potent lesson that our Vancouver pedestrian accident attorneys have learned over the years, it is this: When drivers cannot see you, your risk of injury or death skyrockets.
So how can you make drivers see you better?
Here are five powerful, proven ideas. Choose the ones that meet your needs, degree of vulnerability, and walking habits.
1. Minimize your time walking at sunrise or dusk.
Yes, light is lowest during the night. However, drivers turn on their headlights at night and pedestrians know they are invisible and take precautions accordingly. When it is dusk or dawn, drivers turn off their lights and pedestrians may wrongly assume they are visible to drivers.
2. Wear bright, flamboyant, reflective clothing.
You may not need to wear a garish reflective vest walking from your office to that lunch spot you love two blocks away. Nevertheless, it may be worth looking a little “uncool” for extra visibility. In particular, make sure that your kids wear bright, reflective clothing when they go near traffic and consider buying a pedestrian vest or applying reflective tape on your kids’ jackets.
3. Walk together, if possible.
Your goal is stand out to drivers. Make yourself more visible by walking in a group.
4. Adopt safe walking habits.
Pay attention to the road (as opposed to your iPod); walk sober (as opposed to walking under the influence of alcohol); and abide by signals and signs (as opposed to jaywalking).
5. If you get hurt, document it as soon as possible.
Fresh, firsthand evidence—such as witness accounts taken immediately after a disaster—can help sort out questions of liability and can help physicians treat injuries more accurately.
For help dealing with the aftermath of your pedestrian accident case, get in touch with a Vancouver injury lawyer at McComb Witten today. Call us at 604-255-9018 to schedule your thorough, compassionate, confidential, and free case consultation. You may also wish to download a free copy of our report entitled Pedestrian Safety Manual – Don’t Cross the Street Until You’ve Read this Report!
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