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How Many of These 3 Bad Habits Are You Guilty Of? Will They Cause a Vancouver Pedestrian Accident?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Our Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyers are, in some sense, preaching to the choir.

You probably already know that you need to avoid jaywalking, avoid walking under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and wear bright and reflective clothing—particularly at night. Unfortunately, knowledge does not always translate into action. Odds are you are guilty of at least one of these three bad habits for pedestrians:

1. Jaywalking.

We all lead busy lives. Waiting for the light to turn green can feel like forever, particularly if you are jogging or in a rush. Almost everyone jaywalks at some point. The key is not necessarily to abstain entirely, but rather to minimize the number of times you jaywalk and maximize your awareness of risk when you do.

2. Mindless walking.

There is nothing like a good walk to clear your mind—moving your body can help you process your thoughts. There is a time and place for therapeutic walking. However, if you are always mentally elsewhere when you are out and about, you could find yourself caught in tricky, dangerous situations. Sure, intersections and street crossings can be dangerous. But what if a car or bicycle hops the curb and flies towards you? A fraction of a second of reaction time could mean the difference between a few scrapes and a broken back in a Vancouver pedestrian accident. Practice paying attention to your surroundings, as you move. You will clear your head and be safer.

3. Not learning from the past.

Many pedestrian accidents in Vancouver are spontaneous, random events. Nevertheless, maybe this was not your first close call. Perhaps you have a history of racing across crosswalks to beat the light or walking home under the influence of alcohol on dimly lit streets. Acknowledge your weaknesses, and do what you can do to mitigate your risks. Instead of walking home from the bar every week, for instance, consider taking a cab or having a friend pick you up.

What to Do After Your Vancouver Pedestrian Accident?

The Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyers at McComb Witten have the wherewithal and knowledge to protect your rights under B.C. law. Learn more about your rights by downloading our free report, Pedestrian Safety Manual, or call us today to set up a free consultation at 604-255-9018.