High-profile attacks on joggers could give you the impression that the biggest danger when out running comes from someone lying in wait. Yet the truth is, the biggest threat to your safety comes from motorists.
So, while going out for a run has a lot of health benefits, it would only take one collision with a vehicle to wipe them all out.
What can drivers do?
While people can run anywhere, there are often preferred routes that many people use to get their exercise. Slowing down around those places can reduce the severity of an accident that does occur.
Intersections are a particular worry
For the most part, drivers and runners do not cross each other’s paths. One is on the road, the other on the sidewalk or a non-vehicular path. The problem occurs when they need to cross each other. Driving slowly at intersections reduce the chance of severe injuries if they hit a runner. Performing a quick double-check before setting off again at a crossing point allows them to spot a runner who might make a last-minute dash.
What can runners do?
Being the person who will suffer most in a collision, you want to take extra care not to get hit:
- Increase your visibility: Bright or reflective clothing or lights can help, yet so can thinking about how easy you are to spot.
- Stay predictable: A driver expects you to cross at a crossing, not to jump out from the middle of a set of parked cars.
- Stay alert: Running is a great way to zone out, yet you cannot afford to do that when surrounded by traffic. Headphones do not help either.
If a driver hits you while you are out running, there is little point in wondering how you could have prevented it. Instead, seek legal help to show how the driver should have avoided it and get the compensation you need.