What Does Defensive Walking Look Like Atlanta Injury Lawyer Explains

Many people know what defensive driving is, but do you know what defensive walking is? Do you practice it? As an Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney, I want to give pedestrians a clear picture of what defensive walking looks like so that those who walk to their destinations can arrive safely. 

Defensive walking is a manner in which pedestrians walk to anticipate an accident occurring from a driver mishap, error in judgment, distracted driving, or poor eyesight that causes a driver not to see a pedestrian. 

Defensive Walking includes:

  • Walking on sidewalks
  • Only crossing the street when signals allow it
  • Not crossing when the “Don’t Walk” or stop sign is flashing
  • Looking before stepping off a curb
  • Anticipating a driver running a red light
  • Making sure a driver turning left or right sees you by making eye contact
  • Not crossing between parked cars
  • Picking a route that doesn’t force you to walk behind parked cars
  • Paying attention when walking across a driveway or parking lot exit
  • Wearing light, bright-colored clothing when walking
  • Wearing reflective clothing when walking at dusk, dawn, and dark
  • Not walking and texting or listening to music while walking

When pedestrians stay alert, they are more likely not to be involved and injured in a Georgia pedestrian accident. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, call an experienced Atlanta injury lawyer at Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656. Learn more about your rights in a complimentary case consultation today.

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