Spring is in the air, and New Yorkers across all five boroughs will soon take to the streets. On days filled with subway, cab and Uber delays, your feet are the quickest way to move from place to place. Yet as a pedestrian, you must watch out for distracted motorists and rogue cyclists. These people put you in danger by disobeying the rules of the road.
Next time you hit the street in New York, keep these tips in mind for a safer commute.
Walk on the sidewalk
New York has almost 13,000 miles of sidewalks to walk on. Few streets in the city are without them. Yet some pedestrians will use the road when faced with crowds or construction. If you must walk on the road, make sure you face the direction of traffic. But try finding an alternate route without crowding or sidewalk closures. Taking it will likely prove safer.
Many motorists and cyclists think they own the road and consider pedestrians annoyances. Others, distracted, may not notice you as they ride or drive. Since these people will not watch out for you, you must take your safety into your own hands. Make sure you look both ways when you cross the street and pause before walking when the light changes. And try keeping yourself free from electronic distractions, too. Being aware of your surroundings can help you respond to potential dangers faster.
As a pedestrian, you have the right to feel safe while walking. Yet no matter how aware and visible you are, you might not completely avoid danger. If you’re in an accident as a pedestrian, working with a personal injury lawyer can help you move forward.