Walking is a fantastic way to stay healthy and get around. Unfortunately, Los Angeles was built as a motor city, which means that our roadways cater more to cars than individuals on foot. Walking in Los Angeles is very different than walking in New York. If you plan to head out on foot in Los Angeles, make sure to do the following six things to stay safe and healthy:
- Only stick to roads with sidewalks. Not every street in Los Angeles has a sidewalk, which means that sometimes you will be forced to walk along the shoulder. This is not wise. It is best to stick to roadways that have dedicated pedestrian areas.
- Cross the street at a crosswalk or intersection only. It can be tempting to cross a street when no cars are coming, but it is unwise to do so. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks or at intersections, which means drivers will be more alert to pedestrians in those areas.
- Wear reflective clothing. This is good advice regardless of what time of day it is. Reflective clothing makes it easier for drivers to see you and therefore helps them to avoid you. At night, carry a flashlight as your own light source; flashlights are harder for drivers to ignore.
- Don’t listen to music or other audio too loud. It is essential to maintain situational awareness, and that includes ambient noise. If you listen to music loudly or don a pair of noise-canceling headphones, you may not hear a vehicle approaching.
- Tell someone where you are going. It is best to tell a family member or friend where you plan on walking. That way, if something goes wrong and no one can reach you, they will know where to look first.
- Take extra care around driveways. Driveways are all over Los Angeles, and cars can turn into them or back out of them at a moment’s notice. Pay attention when walking across a driveway, and be sure that the coast is clear before you proceed.
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact Herrera Law for help and representation. We are here to help you regain your health and get your life back on track.