Joggers and Runners: Risks on the Road

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Summertime brings out the road warrior in all of us. From strolling in our neighborhoods with our children, to running and jogging on popular trails or along the sides of streets, to taking an after-dinner walk while the weather and light still permit. But, taking advantage of the great weather and longer daylight hours can also pose some dangers to runners, walkers and joggers who take to the road more frequently than normal.

Every year, pedestrians are killed or injured when they are hit by moving vehicles. Runners, joggers and walkers are no exception to this statistic. What can be done to avoid an injury or accident while taking part in a favorite recreational activity? Many runners are aware of what steps need to be taken to avoid injury while running in a favorite neighborhood street and road, but summertime often brings on a more carefree side of everyone. Normal precautions that might have taken place in the past could be easily overlooked during warmer weather. A few things to keep in mind, no matter how short or long your run or walk, are:

  • Wear reflective clothing so that you are easily seen by cars.
  • Use only one earpiece or keep the volume low enough to hear approaching traffic if you are using a music device.
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
  • As with driving, when you answer your cell phone, be aware of your surroundings and keep alert. Better yet, use this time to take a short break from electronics.
  • Always be on the lookout for followers or someone who may be hiding–in this case, a buddy system works best.
  • Carry pepper spray with you should you encounter a loose dog or an attacker.

We don’t like to think about injury or accidents while we are taking part in our favorite fitness activity, but being aware of our surroundings and situations may mean all the difference between a fun run and a fatal one. If you have been injured while walking, jogging or running along your favorite route, or know someone who was injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, seeking advice from a law firm who specializes in hit and run or pedestrian injury cases will allow you to achieve that peace of mind sooner rather than later.