At Total Chiropractic Care & Wellness, we see all types of injuries, including pedestrian injuries. As the weather gets warmer, you’ll likely start to venture outside more often. We compiled a list of some simple pedestrian safety tips to help keep you and your family safe.
Pedestrian Tips to Keep You Safe
New York State posted a page dedicated to pedestrian safety because the unfortunate truth is that pedestrian-related accidents are all too common. Here are some of the important takeaways to follow as you venture outdoors.
- Be Seen
- Be Alert
- Obey Pedestrian Signs and Traffic Signals
One of the most important things to do is make sure drivers can see you. When walking at night or during inclement weather, wear bright clothing and accessories that incorporate retro-reflective materials that drivers will see. It is also recommended that you only cross streets where they are well lit and try to make eye contact with drivers to be sure they see you. Carry a flashlight to help you avoid tripping on objects or curbs.
Another tip that is often not as easy as it sounds in today’s distraction-filled world is to pay attention. Whenever possible, walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, you should walk facing traffic.
When preparing to cross a street, do not rely solely on the pedestrian signals. Wait for traffic to stop – do not assume a vehicle will stop. As stated above, make eye contact with the driver to make sure they are paying attention. Before crossing the street, look left, right, and left again. When crossing a multi-lane road, watch carefully as you cross each lane and don’t assume you are seen.
When walking in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces, pay attention to things like engines and lights indicating a car will back up or move. It’s also difficult to be alert you’re impaired, so stay sober.
Pedestrian traffic signals are there for a reason; pay attention to them. Cross streets, whenever possible, at designated crosswalks or intersections. Pay particular attention to cars that may be turning and as suggested above, make sure you make eye contact with the driver. Listen for car signals such as reverse beeping, engines starting up, and honking.
Total Chiropractic Care & Wellness Can Help
If you do find yourself with a pedestrian-related injury such as getting hit by a car or tripping over a curb, Total Chiropractic Care & Wellness is equipped to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your injuries. Depending upon the type and severity of the incident, you may need to go to the hospital for immediate treatment before seeking chiropractic evaluation or treatment.
Of course, if you are in a car accident, we can help with that too. Our office is equipped with the latest in chiropractic technology and equipment to help you through all stages of the healing process. Contact us for a consultation if you have recently been injured or are experiencing on-going pain related to a pedestrian accident or car accident.