Recently, a Pueblo man was hit by a vehicle when the man attempted to cross Highway 50 Business. After being hit, the man was transported to a hospital where he died. Officers later said the man who was hit was intoxicated at the time of the crash. If you often travel on foot, consider the following tips to keep yourself safe:
- Use sidewalks when possible. This is especially important on busy roads or roads where the shoulder is narrow. You may need to adjust your route to avoid extremely busy roads or to decrease the amount of time you have to walk along roadways which might be more dangerous for pedestrians.
- Make yourself visible. On a clear day, if you are walking during daylight hours, you mostly just want to make sure you are not weaving between parked vehicles or trying to cross the road in areas where drivers may not see you. When it is dark or when the weather is rainy or snowy, wearing bright colors and even reflective gear can help you be seen better. Using a flashlight when you are walking at night or during a storm may also help to make you more visible to motorists.
- Use caution when crossing the street. Use crosswalks when they are available. No matter where you are crossing, make sure you look both ways before crossing the street. Do not assume a vehicle will see you and stop for you to cross the street.
- Be a sober walker. While the dangers of drunk driving are often emphasized, less emphasized are the dangers of walking while drunk. In 2011, roughly one-third of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents had a blood alcohol content level over the legal limit for driving. Of the drivers involved in these crashes, only 13 percent were over the legal limit.
Even when you are cautious pedestrian and you work to be a careful driver, others on the road may not be as courteous. If you were injured in a car accident, our personal injury attorneys are there for you. Contact us to learn how we can help you.