If you jog for fun or as a means of transportation, it is vital that you know how to safely avoid pedestrian accidents in Seattle and Washington State.

Safety Tips For Seattle Joggers From A Washington Personal Injury Attorney

Last month, a West Seattle jogger suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a commercial tractor-trailer during his morning run to work. The trucker said that he didn’t see the passing jogger and slammed into the man near the Alaskan Way viaduct.

Unfortunately, Seattle joggers are face a number of traffic hazards -- from distracted drivers to poorly designed intersections to dangerous crosswalks. Here are a few tips to keep safe, whether you jog for exercise, for pleasure, or as your commute to work:

  • Get familiar with your route. The better you know your route, the safer you will be. Take note of dangerous intersections, places without sidewalks, or confusing exchanges. If you are running a route for the first time, be especially aware of your surroundings, and check out the route on a map before leaving.
  • Listening to music can be motivational, but dangerous. Listening to an iPod or MP3 player can increase the enjoyment of your run, but it also makes it much more difficult to stay aware of your surroundings or to hear approaching hazards such as emergency vehicles. If you must listen to music, only use one ear bud and turn down the volume.
  • Be aware of cyclists. All joggers know to be wary of motorized traffic on the roads, but some forget about the presence of cyclists. Realize that bikers are on the roads, that they can cause significant damage if they hit you, and that you could be in their way.
  • Be as visible as possible. Even if you are running during the day, it never hurts to wear bright colors and reflective material. If you are running at night, be sure to do so on a sidewalk and with a headlamp (or in a well-lit area).
  • Walk when crossing a road. Running across crosswalks can be dangerous. Not only could you trip and fall, but you also do not give passing drivers as much time to see you and react.

Jogging is great for your health, good for the environment, and fun. However, it is important that you understand the unique hazards that come with jogging and stay safe during your Seattle runs. If you have been involved in a Seattle area jogging traffic accident, speak to a Washington personal injury attorney today to discuss whether or not you may have a valid injury claim.