Learn to walk and bike responsibly

On behalf of ZAPPITELL Law Firm posted in Bicycle Accidents on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

Regardless of your age or location, there may come a time when you are a pedestrian. Some people walk from point A to point B. Others decide to hop on their bike. Either way, if you are a pedestrian there are steps you can take to avoid trouble.

Even if you don’t realize it to be true, you are a pedestrian in many ways. When was the last time you walked from your car into a shopping mall? When was the last time you rode your bike to work? As you can see, there are times throughout the week when you are considered a pedestrian.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to walk and bike in a more responsible manner. This will increase your chance of avoiding trouble, such as an accident with a motor vehicle.

Here are some basic tips you can follow:

— Be prepared. This means many things, such as wearing the proper protective gear when biking. Also, make sure drivers can see you at all times.

— Know the rules of the road. Just the same as vehicles, there are rules of the road that you need to follow as a pedestrian. For instance, you should only cross at a crosswalk.

— Be aware of traffic. Even if it doesn’t appear that there are many cars in the area, you need to keep your eyes open at all times.

When you learn to walk and bike in a more responsible manner, you can do your part in preventing an accident with a motor vehicle. Safety always comes first!

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Pedestrians,” accessed March 30, 2016

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