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Are You Guilty of These 4 Bad Habits? If So, You Might Soon Need a Vancouver Pedestrian Accident Lawyer.

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

What are the odds that you will ever need a Vancouver pedestrian accident attorney to seek damages and help you pick up the pieces after an accident? Whatever they are, they will spike tremendously if you engage in these four dangerous habits:

1. You are constantly on your smartphone while walking.

It is fine to chat on your phone or listen to music while you walk—particularly if you do so on a sidewalk, away from cars. However, if you are talking on your smartphone when you cross streets or intersections, you are putting yourself at elevated risk for getting hurt in a Vancouver pedestrian accident.

On any given day, your odds of getting hurt because of your phone are fairly low. However, when you add up that extra risk over months and years, it becomes substantial.

2. You walk while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication.

According to Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, the authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, mile for mile, walking while under the influence of alcohol may actually be more dangerous than driving under the influence.

Be mindful of your state of mind—take a taxi or ride home with a sober friend when necessary.

3. You wear dark clothing when you walk.

Obviously, you do not need to dress for work every day in outfits adorned with reflective tape just to minimize your risk of pedestrian injury. However, if you walk around a lot wearing very dark clothing—particularly at night—your risk of getting hurt soars.

4. You got hurt in a crash, but learned nothing from the experience.

Analyzing a crash or near miss can give you insight into your bad habits and help you correct them. As the old adage goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

For help understanding your legal options following your injury, connect with our Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyers by calling our office at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free case evaluation. You may also wish to order our free report, Pedestrian Safety Manual – Don’t Cross the Street Until You’ve Read This Report!