Rather than drive your way around Kentucky, you may spend more time as a pedestrian. While walking is just as good for you as it is the environment, it is not without its risks.

PennyGeeks examines some of the common reasons that pedestrians become accident victims. Arm yourself with knowledge to better avoid becoming an accident victim.

Poor visibility

Just as drivers in accidents sometimes say cars come out of nowhere, they may claim the same about pedestrians. If you frequently drive at night or during inclement weather that compromises visibility, wear a vest or another item of clothing with reflective stripes, or carry a flashlight. Make it impossible for motorists to miss seeing you.

Distractions

Motorists and pedestrians alike help each other by looking up from their phones, consoles, screens and anything else that could distract them. If you like walking with earbuds, get into the habit of pausing and removing them while crossing the street so you can hear approaching vehicles.

Left and right turns

Do you keep an eye out for drivers making left- or right-hand turns? Often, motorists are so focused on watching for oncoming traffic that they neglect to check for pedestrians crossing the street. You should always look both ways before crossing the street, but that goes double for intersections at which cars commonly turn right or left.

Aggressive drivers

There is not much you can do about drivers behind schedule or experiencing road rage, but you can make yourself aware of their existence. These drivers have nary a care about the safety of anyone else on the road. As a pedestrian, you are especially vulnerable to injury.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.