If you’re a daily or weekly jogger in New York, you likely spend a lot of time running near traffic. After a while, it begins to feel safe. You know that you technically face some risks, but you don’t expect to wind up in the hospital.
Take care not to grow complacent. Running near traffic is fairly risky, as all it takes is one driver’s mistake for you to get hit and injured. Thousands of pedestrians are killed in these accidents every year, including runners, and many more suffer survivable — but perhaps life-altering — injuries.
Your guide to staying safe on your next run
Fortunately, there are things you can do to make yourself safer than the average runner. A few helpful tips include the following:
- Run in the middle of the day, when the lighting is best.
- Carry your phone with you to make an emergency call if needed.
- Run on the sidewalk when you can. If you can’t, run on the shoulder of the road, facing traffic.
- Do not wear headphones to listen to music.
- Be vigilant at intersections. Always follow the traffic signals and do not jaywalk.
- Know when you have the right of way, but also assume that drivers aren’t going to respect it.
- If you have to run in low light, consider wearing a headlamp, a reflective vest or something of this nature.
Now, though doing all of this can help, a driver can still make a mistake that injures you. If that happens, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your costs. These could range from lost wages to medical bills to pain and suffering.