Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
As a pedestrian who recently got hurt at a crosswalk—or as a close relative of someone who suffered a serious injury on Vancouver streets—you are suddenly aware of your vulnerability. How can you protect yourself?
By adopting the habit of walking mindfully, you will undoubtedly reduce your risk for another accident and enjoy your travels more. Here is how to do it:
1. Get rid of your gadgets.
Yes, it is nice to listen to music on your iPod while you walk to work or stroll to your favorite coffee shop. However, getting lost in your gadget is dangerous. You will not be able to react quickly to sudden unexpected surprises, such as a car zipping through a red light. In addition, you will be unable to hear or see stimuli such as a beeping car.
Unhook and pay attention to your surroundings.
2. Avoid daydreaming.
Most people know they should unhook more from gadgets and cell phones and the like.
You might also find it helpful to unhook from your own thoughts.
We have all been conditioned to think about the past and future—about an email that you need to write, a conversation you had with your boss, or a vacation you want to take.
There is a time and a place for daydreaming—just not when you are at risk for being involved in a Vancouver pedestrian accident.
Instead, try being in the present moment, as much as possible. Pay attention to the weight of your foot every time you step on the pavement. Smell the fresh air, every time you take a breath in. Enjoy your walk!
3. Get closure on your last accident, so you know what went wrong.
As George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Get to the root of what caused your last accident. Find out what went wrong, so that you can avoid winding up in a similar position in the future.
For help dealing with the aftermath of your accident, get in touch with a Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyer at McComb Witten today. Call us for a free consultation at 604-255-9018. In addition, be sure to download our free report entitled, Pedestrian Safety Manual – Don’t Cross the Street Until You’ve Read This Report!
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