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A Vancouver Personal Injury Attorney Offers Tips to Make You a Smarter, Safer Pedestrian

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

You have been thrown off your game by a Vancouver pedestrian accident. All of the ensuing fear, panic, and chaos are no good at all.

It’s time to extract positive lessons from your experience—to leverage your anger and fear to improve your life, ensure your safety, and tie up loose ends that came undone the moment that car, truck, bus, or motorbike hit you.

It’s normal—very human—to feel afraid of cars, traffic, and even sidewalks after an accident like yours. Depending on what happened, you may even be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or at least symptoms reminiscent of PTSD.

In fact, research done on soldiers exposed to acute trauma has shown that people’s brains physically change during and after hugely stressful events. During these terrifying ordeals, the brain floods with cortisol and other neurochemicals. Some researchers believe this cocktail of stress neurochemicals etches new pathways into the brain, messing you up psychologically.

Becoming a smarter pedestrian can help calm the nerves. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid walking under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Mile for mile, studies suggest that walking under the influence may be MORE dangerous than driving under the influence!
  • Avoid texting or even chatting on the cell phone when you are in close proximity to other vehicles. Put your full attention to the task of walking, so that you can react more effectively to sudden and unexpected car and truck behavior.
  • Reduce the amount of walking you do near busy streets or intersections.
  • Try to walk during the daytime. If you need to walk near the road at night, wear reflective clothing.


For help developing your pedestrian accident case, connect with a Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyer at McComb Witten at 604-255-9018 for a free consultation. You may also wish to download a free copy of our special Pedestrian Safety Manual for more information.