Jogging is an activity that many people participate in around the world. In the United States, it is estimated that roughly 60 million people participated in running, jogging, and trail running in 2017 alone. With many of these joggers running in highly trafficked areas, it is important to keep certain safety tips in mind to avoid a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian accidents can occur at any time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 6,283 fatal accidents involving pedestrians in 2018—the most since 1990. Ensuring safety while jogging, running, walking, and riding a bike is incredibly important in order to avoid the further occurrence of these accidents. Some of the most important safety tips to remember when stepping out for a jog include:
When heading out for a jog, especially at night, it’s important that runners avoid wearing black and opt for lighter colored or even reflective clothing. Taking a flashlight, or wearing clip-on LED lights on a head or wristband can also help to ensure safety when jogging.
When jogging in an area without a sidewalk or bike path, run towards oncoming traffic on the edge or shoulder of the road to remain visible to drivers.
When pedestrian accidents occur, they normally happen in the middle of a roadway. Crossing the street at a corner or pedestrian crosswalk can help to minimize the likelihood of an accident. This is because drivers are more aware of pedestrians at corners and crosswalks than of those who jaywalk and spontaneously cross in the middle of the road.
Use Caution Around Parked Cars
It’s important for joggers to be careful when passing through a parking lot or around parked cars. These areas create innate blind spots for drivers backing out of a parking space.
While it can be incredibly tempting to run with headphones in, it is best not to bring them at all. Listening to music or wearing noise cancelling headphones while jogging can be incredibly dangerous, as it can block out important auditory signals such as honking or the sound of a car driving by.
Pedestrian Accidents in Texas
When an accident involving a pedestrian occurs, it can be shocking and unexpected. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2018, 8,110 pedestrian accidents occurred, with 693 of them being fatal. Texas is unfortunately ranked as one of the most dangerous states for these accidents, with most fatalities happening in large metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Houston, and Austin.
Unlike a driver or passenger inside of a vehicle, pedestrians are completely exposed and unprotected. When a pedestrian accident happens, this lack of protection can lead to severe injury and sometimes death. Some of the most common injuries sustained by pedestrians include:
- Brain injury or TBI
- Spinal injuries
- Limb loss
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and cuts
- Wrongful death
Keeping Lubbock Safe from Pedestrian Accidents
When an auto accident involves the death or injury of a pedestrian, it can be life changing for those involved. While ensuring the safety of joggers and other pedestrians is important, many of auto pedestrian accidents are caused by the careless nature of negligent drivers. If you or someone you know were injured a pedestrian accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.