Portland has a large and enthusiastic community of people who enjoy walking for pleasure and as a primary means of transportation. Whether traveling on foot provides a way for you to get to and from work or school, to run errands, or provides you with fun and exercise, it is important to be aware of the risks regarding pedestrian accidents and to take the precautions needed to prevent them.
These types of collisions are particularly common over the winter months, when it gets dark early and Portland experiences increased amounts of fog and precipitation. To help protect yourself against pedestrian accidents and the potentially life threatening injuries that can occur as a result, be aware of the dangers and follow some simple safety tips.
Rainy Weather Hazards for Pedestrians
The 2019 winter weather forecast from the Farmer’s Almanac calls for generally warmer temperatures in our area than have been seen in recent years, which should encourage more people throughout Portland to get outdoors. However, there is also a greater likelihood for storms and wet conditions, which is certain to create havoc on the roads.
Pedestrians in particular need to be aware of how rain, fog, and wet roads can increase car accident risks, which have the potential to impact those walking on city sidewalks and neighborhood roads. Even a light drizzle or wet conditions in the aftermath of a storm can make roads more treacherous. Use extra caution when walking and be aware of the impacts the drivers around you could face:
- Reduced visibility and increased risk of glare, which makes them less likely to see pedestrians on the road;
- Poor tire traction, which increases the risk of pedestrian accidents due to skidding, particularly around curves;
- Reduced braking ability, which can endanger pedestrians in crosswalks and intersections.
Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
At any time of the year, you should use caution when walking and follow certain practices to protect yourself against pedestrian accidents. Over the wet winter months, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises that it is even more important to follow these tips:
- Wear bright, light colored clothing, particularly when walking at night, during fog, and in low light conditions.
- For added visibility, consider using reflective tape on backpacks, hats, and jackets;
- Be aware that there is an increased risk for cars skidding if you are crossing bridges and walking on painted or gravel roads;
- Always keep to sidewalks when possible and walk as far away from the road as possible;
- Avoid distractions such as texting or listening to music through earbuds and stay alert to what is going on around you;
- When approaching intersections and crosswalks, make eye contact with drivers and be certain they see you before attempting to step into the road.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
The Johnston Law Firm provides trusted legal guidance when pedestrian accidents leave you suffering serious injuries. To request a consultation to discuss your case, call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland pedestrian accident attorney online today.