With spring comes more foot traffic on Pennsylvania roads. This also increases the chances of an accident between drivers and pedestrians. These encounters often result in tragedy for the person not in a vehicle, but what can pedestrians do to decrease their chances of being in an accident?
Pedestrians can take steps to stay safer near the roads
Walking on a berm (the path or raised strip beside a road) and against traffic is what many people have been told to do. Why? You’re not in the lane and you’re watching traffic coming towards you. That means you have an opportunity to move out of the way if a vehicle seems to be approaching you in a dangerous way.
Unfortunately, staying off the road isn’t always enough. If a driver is distracted and goes off the side of the road or weaves out of the lane, you could still be hit. Sadly, many pedestrian collisions result in death, especially when they involve vehicles traveling at high speeds.
What can you do to be safer if you have to walk on a berm?
One of the most important things you can do is to have good lighting or reflective clothing. Wave at drivers who are walking toward you, so they can see that movement and be more likely to go out of their way to avoid you. Taking those steps may be enough to help protect you from a crash.
If an accident does happen, make sure that you speak with an experienced attorney about your options. If a loved one is killed by a negligent driver, you may still have a way to hold that driver accountable.