Walk Don’t Run, Part 3: Safety Tips For Pennsylvania Pedestrians

This is the third and last part of a series on what pedestrians need to know to safely walk and run the streets of northeastern Pennsylvania. The prior two parts discussed important laws that Pennsylvania pedestrians and motorists alike should know. This last part lists some basic common-sense pedestrian safety tips. Despite technological advances in athletic safety equipment for walkers and runners, negligent drivers still pose an everyday risk. Over 100,000 roadside athletes are struck by cars annually.

While Pennsylvania’s pedestrian laws are intended to Walk Don't Run, Part 3: Safety Tips For Pennsylvania Pedestriansprotect the safety of walkers and runners alike, there are some additional safety precautions that may be taken to minimize the risk of personal injury:

  • Pedestrians, whether walking or jogging, should always plan ahead, taking into consideration weather conditions, traffic, routes and geographic obstacles. While proper planning may limit the threat of various travel issues, it cannot eliminate the threat of moving vehicles.
  • Pedestrians should always use sidewalks if available. Runners should consider using sidewalks when conditions permit.
  • Pedestrians must be aware of the lines of vision of those sharing the roadand must never assume drivers or cyclists can clearly see them. Pedestrians should never assume drivers or cyclists are going to stop at a red light. It is wise to always wait until a vehicle reaches a complete stop before proceeding.
  • Pedestrians should limit distractions like a cell phone or headphones. Knowing that an injury may have been avoided if the victim had not compromised his vision or hearing is tragic.
  • Walkers and runners should wear bright clothing, especially at night, to ensure their visibility to everyone on the road;
  • Before crossing the street, travelers should look left, right and then left again.
  • Children should always be accompanied by adults when walking on public roadways.
  • In remote, dangerous, or poorly-lit areas, pedestrians should walk in groups.
  • Pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic when no sidewalk is available, and yield to vehicles when on the roadway.

Having the best gear available does not completely protect walkers and runners from the negligence of those that use the road. If you walk or run in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and have suffered injuries as a pedestrian, contact Powell Law at (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE.

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