There’s no safer place for pedestrians in Music City than sidewalks and crosswalks. But too many pedestrians view these areas as impenetrable forcefields that protect them from any and all dangers. While they’re certainly safer than walking on shoulders or jaywalking, you’re still at risk, and that means you must remain vigilant.
The biggest self-inflicted risk factor that pedestrians face is distraction. Locals who enjoy walking and running may think nothing of using ear buds or even chatting on the phone while they’re out and about. Tourists may have their eyes glued to their phones while they look up directions, hail rideshares, or book reservations.
All of these activities can be dangerous when you’re walking, even if you’re on a sidewalk or crosswalk. That’s because drivers aren’t always paying attention to where they’re going or whether pedestrians are in their path. That means it’s up to you to make sure the coast is clear when you’re walking with both your eyes and ears.
Look both ways before crossing the street, even if you have a “Walk” signal. Keep checking lanes of traffic as you cross. In addition, avoid listening to music while walking, as doing so can block important traffic noise and the sounds of approaching vehicles. Finally, keep your head up and eyes pointed forward the entire time you’re walking, so that you have a better view of your surroundings.
And if you’re ever hurt in a pedestrian accident that wasn’t your fault, the Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law are here to help you maximize your chances of getting paid. Call today for a free consultation.