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How can runners stay safe around traffic?

Posted by Bulldog Law | Jan 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you are someone who jogs multiple times a week, you likely do it because you want to stay in shape and stay healthy. Unfortunately, there are also some health risks that come with running, especially when you have to do it by traffic. You could be injured in an accident caused by a driver who is negligent or reckless.

This risk will always exist if you have to run near traffic, but there are ways that you can lower the odds of being involved in a crash. Here are some tips that can help:

Wear bright clothing

If possible, purchase exercise clothes in bright colors like lime green or neon yellow. Some people will simply buy a high-visibility vest like those worn by roadside workers. Do everything you can to ensure that every driver sees you. 

Use lights at night

If you do run after dark, you always want to run with a light. Some people will hold their cellphone in their hand with the flashlight on. Others will wear a headlamp or a vest with LED lights built in. Light makes you much more visible as soon as the sun goes down, so it helps both at dusk and at night.

Do not run with music

Unfortunately, running with headphones and music playing can be distracting. It makes it so that you are not quite as conscious of everything happening around you on the road. Even a moment of distraction could increase your risks. 

That being said, you might not make any mistakes at all and a driver could still injure you because they are not paying attention, they are under the influence or for some other reason. If you do get injured, be sure you know how to reach out to an experienced California personal injury attorney to  seek financial compensation.

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