Every year the most skilled personal injury lawyers in Phoenix find themselves helping runners who are hit by cars. All too often, the runners were not at fault. Instead, they were out for their run and doing everything that they were supposed to do – they were following the law. However, runners and other pedestrians following the law is not enough – drivers must follow the law as well if accidents are to be prevented.
As we know all too well from helping those who have been seriously injured, a negligent driver can be completely at fault for injuries inflicted in a pedestrian accident in Arizona or auto accident in Phoenix. For the person who is out running or walking and trying to stake that or prepare for races – or whatever their goal may be – the injuries they suffer are no less painful or debilitating. For families suffering the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of a driver, nothing brings their family member back simply because the runner was not at fault.
Therefore, we take this opportunity as experienced personal injury lawyers in Arizona who help pedestrians and runners throughout Arizona, to remind everybody to follow some key safety tips that we have found in an authoritative account.
Some of these safety tips to avoid being seriously injured by a motor vehicle while running include:
1. Wear reflective clothing at dawn, dusk, or nighttime and bright, visible clothing at all other times (this is something that we see even the most responsible runners forget to do sometimes). Although the likelihood of being injured from a percentage basis may not be high on any individual run, for those that run day after day and year after year in the dark, the likelihood of becoming a victim of a serious incident while running without wearing this type of clothing is much greater.
2. Run on sidewalks where available as required by law.
3. Run on the left side of the road to give you a better chance to anticipate and react to vehicles.
4. Do not expect the vehicles to see you or to alter their path in any way. In other words, practice “defensive running”.
The fact that there are steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a serious accident certainly does not eliminate the possibility. We hope that by sharing this information we may even save one person from undergoing a life-changing personal injury.
However, if you or anybody you know has any questions whatsoever regarding an accident involving a runner or a pedestrian, whether someone was walking to be fit or running to prepare for a competitive marathon – feel free to give Arizona’s top pedestrian accident lawyers a call at Breyer Law Offices P.C. We will be happy to answer any question that you may have. We take pride in the fact that we will give you an honest evaluation and straightforward answers to anything that you may raise so you can make the best decision for yourself and your family.