Q: How can you avoid ever getting into another Vancouver pedestrian accident?
Your recent pedestrian accident at Vancouver was terrifying and you almost lost your life.
No doubt you've had flashbacks to what happened. You may have imagined how the accident could have been even worse, dozens of times.
You may have even developed new fears, such as agoraphobia (fear of open places) and fear of driving. That's normal. However, you need to process these fears appropriately. If you let them consume you, you can waste a lot of mental time and energy and go nowhere fast.
That said, taken as warning signs, such fears can promote better behavior.
One way to act resourcefully in the face of fear is to learn how to be a safer pedestrian.
We all learn what good drivers are supposed to do: focus on the road, avoid drinking and driving, avoid texting on the cell phone, blah blah blah. But we never learn much about how to be good pedestrians. We assume that road safety is really the purview of bicyclists and motorists.
In their awesome bestseller, SuperFreakonomics, authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner build a case that suggests that pedestrians who walk under the influence of alcohol are, mile for mile, more at risk for injury than are DUI drivers.
That’s pretty crazy.
If the Superfreakonomics guys are right, then you really want to avoid walking near intersections or busy roads while under the influence of medications or alcohol. Likewise, you may want to turn off the cell phone—especially when you cross intersections—and generally treat the pedestrian process with as much care as you would treat the driving process.
You would never drive blasting music at 100 decibels on your car stereo. Or at least we hope you wouldn’t! But perhaps you’re physically attached to your iPod—you’re constantly rocking out to tunes as you walk around.
You need to be able to hear what's going on—such as the horns of quickly approaching cars.
Lastly, consider being generally more mindful of your space as you walk around. Vancouver is a beautiful city. The place is rich with sensory delights. Pay more attention to your surroundings and less to the meandering thoughts in your head. You’ll be less likely to be caught off guard by a rapidly approaching out-of-control vehicle.
For help understanding what to do after your Vancouver pedestrian accident, get in touch with the McComb Witten team today.