Walking is a great way to stay healthy. It can burn calories, help strengthen your heart, help lower blood sugar, boost your energy, improve your mood, and even boost your immune system. But if you’re distracted while walking, you could put yourself in danger.
The warmer weather and longer days make it easier to get outside and walk around, but there is also an increased risk of distracted walking. As a pedestrian, it’s important to stay alert and not be distracted by your phone or another device, especially when walking in a busy area or crossing a street.
When you’re not focused on your surroundings, you put your own safety as well as the safety of others at risk. Avoid using mobile devices while walking, and not just in crosswalks and intersections. According to the National Safety Council, more than half of distracted walking injuries actually happen in our own homes. So, if you can injure yourself in a very familiar environment like your kitchen, it stands to reason that being distracted while walking around outside of your house is not a good idea.
Best Practices for Pedestrians
- Look to the left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
- Pay attention to drivers even when you’re in a crosswalk.
- Don’t rely on a car to stop.
- Only cross the street at designated crosswalks.
- Avoid using your cell phone or other electronic devices while walking. Don’t wear headphones.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing to help drivers see you.
- Walk with others when possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.