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How can you increase your chances for a safe evening walk?

With the onset of spring and daylight savings time, the days are longer. After a hard day at work, you may be up for an after-dinner walk to get some fresh air and exercise.

However, you may be aware of the statistics about pedestrian injuries and death. How can you increase your chances for a safe, enjoyable evening walk?

A little background

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 70,000 pedestrians sustain injuries in collisions with vehicles every year, and more than 4,000 become fatalities. When you live in Arizona, a state with the kind of weather and topography that make walking a pleasure, you want to apply all available safety tips to your walking regimen.

Use marked crosswalks

Studies show that using signaled crosswalks reduces vehicle-pedestrian clashes considerably. Use any you find near a parking lot, especially. You will be much more visible to motorists focused on parking.

Anticipate quiet cars

Battery-operated vehicles are so quiet that they pose a real danger to pedestrians who use their ears as well as their eyes to learn what is happening around them. When out walking, you must be especially aware that these almost silent vehicles could be in the area. Watch for them.

Look for left-hand turns

Also, look for vehicles making left turns, even if you are in a marked crosswalk. Devastating accidents can happen in this scenario because you and the driver making the turn are looking in different directions.

Wear bright clothing

Darkness may fall before you realize it while you are out for that pleasant evening walk. Be prepared by not wearing dark clothing. Data compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that 70 percent of all pedestrian accidents occur at night. Wear bright colors, and carry a pocket flashlight, just in case you are still out after dark.

Look for help

If the worst happens and you are the victim of a vehicle-pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to explore your legal options. You have a right to financial compensation to cover your medical expenses and more. Keep that in the back of your mind while you take precautions for enjoying a safe evening walk.

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