With warmer weather arriving and most of New York still living under stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, many people are walking more as a form an exercise, a way to get out of the house, or even an alternate method of commuting to an essential job instead of taking crowded public transportation. Though walking is healthy, enjoyable, and a good way to stay sane in a pandemic, it’s important pedestrians remain vigilant – just because fewer people outside do not mean caution is not paramount.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
It’s important for pedestrians to follow a few important tips to protect themselves when out on the streets and sidewalks in New York.
- Use crosswalks and, if available, crossing lights. Even if you have the right of way, watch the road for approaching vehicles.
- Use sidewalks when available. If no sidewalk is available, stay as far off the road as you can and walk against the traffic flow to increase your visibility.
- Avoid any distractions. Don’t wear headphones, as they can drown out the noise of approaching cars. Don’t look at your phone – parking lots and street crossings are particularly dangerous if you are not paying attention.
- Observe social distancing guidelines. Stay away from others on the street; distractions can prevent you from noticing other pedestrians and maintaining the proper distance. It’s also advisable to wear a mask in public; if you are in an area where you may run into others on the street, it’s even more strongly recommended.
Contact a Long Island Pedestrian Accident Attorney
f you or a loved one were injured while on foot, it’s important to take steps to protect your legal rights and look after your health. The experienced Long Island pedestrian accident attorneys at the Falkowitz Law Firm, PLLC, can save you the headache of dealing with insurance companies and fight for you to receive the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (844)-385-4279, or by completing our online Contact Page to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us review your situation, answer your questions, and use our resources and skills to fight for the recovery you deserve.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.