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Running and jogging have long been popular ways for residents of San Francisco to stay fit. Although it’s wise to run on a track, on a treadmill, or on an established running path whenever possible, in a busy city, it’s not uncommon for runners and joggers to simply run on or near the street. This may be the most convenient option for them if they prefer to simply start running as soon as they leave their home, instead of traveling somewhere else to begin a workout.

This is understandable. However, it’s important to keep in mind that running in a crowded urban area could put you at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident if you’re not careful. Guard against this by keeping the following tips in mind:

Stay Visible

Wear bright or reflective clothing whenever running. This is particularly important at night. Doing so will make you more visible to motorists.

Use Sidewalks and Crosswalks

The temptation to continue running at a steady pace instead of taking a break to wait until you can safely cross the street at the crosswalk could put you in harm’s way. To optimize your safety, use crosswalks at all times, and run on the sidewalk whenever possible.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

This is key. Naturally, you need to keep your eyes open and regularly scan your surroundings visually to prevent accidents.

It’s also wise to ensure you can hear your surroundings. If you prefer to listen to music while running, keep the volume low, or even consider only listening to it in one ear so that you can still hear what’s going on around you.

Avoid Busy Roads and Rush Hours

Running on some roads and during certain times of day can be more dangerous than running in other environments at other times. To optimize your safety, stay away from roads that you know tend to be busy, and try to schedule your runs so that you’re not running during busy rush hours.

Make Eye Contact

Waiting for other vehicles to proceed before crossing the street is ideal, but if you have the right-of-way and thus plan on crossing, make eye contact with the drivers of any approaching vehicles first. This will confirm they see you and understand that you intend to cross.

Be Predictable

Be predictable when jogging on the road. Avoid sudden movements or changes in direction, as it can confuse drivers and cause accidents. Run in a straight line and keep a steady pace. If you need to slow down or stop, move to the side of the road and avoid blocking the path.

Stay Sober

Few runners would consider running while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but if you’ve only had a drink or two, you might feel comfortable going for a jog.

Don’t make this mistake. Even being mildly intoxicated can increase your chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident.

All that said, it’s possible to be harmed in a pedestrian accident through no fault of your own. This could happen if, for instance, a driver is negligent.

You may be eligible for financial compensation if you’re ever harmed in a San Francisco pedestrian accident resulting from the negligence of another party. In these circumstances, our San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Allegiance Law are on hand to offer the representation you deserve. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 415-404-6395.

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