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.