Walking to most people may seem to enable us to simply travel small distances, but there are a few more benefits that come from walking that often goes unrecognized. Such benefits include exercise, a more economical way to travel, and a time where we may patiently ponder the many different aspects and stresses of life. However, whether you are walking for transport or fitness, it is not always risk-free; there are a number of accidents that one can suffer while walking. While this may seem a laughing matter, there are some real things to caution as you walk, especially as you get older.
To Avoid Being Hit by a Vehicle
If you are walking in places with heavy traffic, the risk of being hit by a vehicle is higher than you think. As personal injury lawyers, we have handled many such cases and find that it is important to be especially aware of your surrounding in busier places. Pedestrian accidents have cruelly taken family members that then leaves the family devastated. To avoid any major or minor tragedy, ensure that your use sidewalks or footpaths when possible. When you have to cross a road, only do it at a pedestrian crossing or other safe places designated for pedestrians. Before you cross, determine whether or not you have adequate time to get to the other side.
To Avoid ‘Slip and Fall’ Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common forms of accidents that people suffer while walking. In our line of duty as personal injury lawyers, we have encountered more slip and fall cases than you would expect. It is, therefore, wise to always be cautious while walking to avoid being a victim. For instance, you should avoid texting while walking, be cautious of wet floor signs (and other signs), and remember to look out for uneven and slippery sidewalks.
It doesn’t matter what activity we participate in, there is always a risk that can come from it, even walking. To make sure you avoid any risk of accident associated with walking, it is easy, be aware of your surroundings. In case of a walking accident that you believe is a result of another person’s negligence, get in touch with a personal injury attorney to assist you in the process of claiming compensation. If you are looking for a reliable personal injury lawyer, Robert J. DeBry & Associates is a partner you can trust to fight for your rights.