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 the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999. Learn more about your rights in a complimentary case consultation today.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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