Runner Safety Tips

Running is a popular pastime in the United States. Unfortunately, whenever cars and people share the road there is the potential for serious accidents.

When a car hits any pedestrian, the pedestrian always loses. Joggers hit by cars frequently suffer injuries and fractures to the leg and hips. Depending on the speed of the car, the force of the impact may throw the jogger to the ground and cause a TBI or cause internal bleeding.

A running accident not only set back your health and finances, it also gets in the way of you living your life. If you’re a runner, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.

Running Safety Tips

In California pedestrians and runners alike have the right of way when crossing the street. However, just because you weren’t at fault for a pedestrian vs car accident, doesn’t make you any less hurt when you do get hit.

Taking the following the precautions will help you prevent an accident while out running.

  • Orange County Personal Injury AttorneyDress to Be Seen – Drivers will be less likely to hit you at a crosswalk or on a bike path, if they see you. Wear bright colors during the day. It is safest to not run in the dark, but if you do, wear reflective material and carry a light.
  • Pay Attention to Your Surroundings – Look and listen for cars at intersections, crosswalks, and on the bike path. Headphone impair your ability to detect hazards your eyes don’t see. If you need to listen to music while you work out, pause or lower the volume when you approach an intersection or crosswalk.
  • Run Against Traffic – Whether you’re running on the bike path or sidewalk, running against the flow of traffic give you the chance to see a car if it swerves in your way.
  • Look Before Crossing – It may seem intuitive, but always look both ways before crossing the street. Slow down or move out of the way if a driver headed your direction doesn’t make eye contact with you, when you look at them.
  • Carry Identification and a Phone – If you do get hit by a car on your run, a phone to call 9-1-1 with and a card with your name, blood type, and medical information will help you receive the treatment you need faster.

Unfortunately, doing everything right isn’t a guarantee that a car won’t hit you. There are many people driving negligent and distracted. Your best protection after you have been hit is to talk to an experienced California personal injury lawyer. If you’ve been injured in a jogging accident call the attorneys at Bergener Mirejovsky at 1-800-881-2021.

Talk to An Attorney

The personal injury attorneys at Bergener Mirejovsky take pedestrian accidents seriously. Our attorneys understand that this accident is not only a financial burden to you, your injuries also interfere with your life. We fight tirelessly for our clients’ rights to fair compensation for their medical bills, accident related expenses, and the suffering they have endured. For a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced member of our team give us a call at 1-800-881-2021. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys can answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

That means we charge you nothing unless we reach a successful settlement of your claim. If we don’t get you compensated for your damages, you don’t pay us a dime.