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The Rules of the Road: Pedestrian Safety Tips

As vehicles, bikes and pedestrians jockey for position on increasingly congested streets, accidents are on the rise, and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable. Injuries sustained by pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents are profound, often catastrophic. Fractures and head injuries are common, and resulting medical treatment can be extensive, prolonged and painful. Even worse, some resulting injuries may result in chronic conditions. To avoid personal injury, there are ways to improve your safety as a pedestrian by following some basic, easy tips: Be Visible Make sure you’re visible to drivers and make eye contact with them whenever possible. Wear lightly-colored or reflective clothing at night. Keep to well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street. Low-light conditions -- dusk, dawn, or in rain or snow -- are especially dangerous. Data shows that 32% of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8pm and midnight. Stay Alert Remember that your eyes and ears are the best tools you have for keeping safe. Distractions are everywhere: store-fronts, other pedestrians, your cell phone, or wearing headphones. As much as your cell phone is part of your life, it takes your eyes off the road and distracts your attention. And you may be enjoying music on your headphones, but they close off your ears to the sound of traffic around you. Follow the Rules Know and follow all traffic rules, signs and signals -- especially around any construction areas you may encounter. Never assume a driver will give you the right of way -- even though they should. Making eye contact with a stopped or approaching vehicle ensures you have their attention. Walk in Safe Places Wherever possible, use crosswalks when crossing the street. If one’s not available, find the best-lit spot on the road to cross and wait for a long enough gap to do it safely. Don’t assume drivers will stop for you. Stay on sidewalks when you can -- and if a sidewalk isn’t available, walk on the side of the road facing traffic, to increase your visibility and so that you can see on-coming traffic. Avoid Alcohol Consumption Half of all traffic accidents resulting in pedestrian casualties involve alcohol consumption. Surprisingly, 34% of those casualties was on the part of the pedestrian. Alcohol affects your physical reflexes and decision-making skills as much on your feet as behind the wheel. If You’re the Victim of a Personal Injury Helpforme lawyers are experienced and expert in personal injury claims stemming from pedestrian accidents. They know that ICBC isn’t always right. With some of the province’s top engineering and investigative experts, Helpforme ensures all the facts of the accident are collected – accurately and irrefutably. With one of the largest groups of personal injury lawyers under one roof in BC, Helpforme’s personal advocates help you through the complexities of your case, ensuring you get the claim settlement you deserve. And Helpforme has contingency-based fees, so you don’t pay until your claim is settled. Find out how Helpforme can help you.

EXPLORING FAMOUS HISTORIC SITES OF FRANCE

France is an enchanting European country with large number of cultural and historical attractions housed in it. Country is known worldwide for its ample of natural beauty, picturesque sites, famous landmarks, monuments and diversity of offerings. Country is rich in experiences, from romance of Paris to sunshine of Dordogne, snow covered hills to lively coastline of Cote d’Azur, vine gardens of Bordeaux and spectacular Renaissance architecture France has so much to offer. Paris is the capital of France and home to world’s one of the most famous landmark, Eiffel Tower and many other notable attractions. When I planned my trip to France, Paris was my very first stop. I had mine car rental Paris Orly Airport and began my memorable journey to this wonderful country. France is home to an array of historic sites featuring roman ruins to medieval fortresses and battlefields of World War. Some of the famous and must visit historic sites are shortlisted here for you. ‘

 

CARCASSONNE

It is a fortified town of France positioned between the Mediterranean and Atlantic. It is often said that Carcassonne was inhabited even before the Ancient Roman Era. This beautiful town has so much to see and explore. Its double fortified 3 km walls and 52 towers are incredible and offers fascinating views. Carcassonne is also listed as a World Heritage Site with Unesco since 1997.

 

PALACE OF VERSAILLES

It was formerly a hunting lodge of King Louis XIII but later on converted into a magnificent residence by his son Louis XIV. Its amazing architecture and great works of art are worth more exploring. Later on in 19th Century Louis Philippe transformed it into a Museum of History of France.

 

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, PARIS

It is one of the most famous and magnificent 12th century cathedral situated on the bank of Seine river offering great experiences. It is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. First built in 1163, Notre-Dame Cathedral is famous for its huge stained glass windows and dramatic architecture. The minute details of this stunning Gothic architecture took workers almost a century to complete. It is also home to Crown of Thorns and is one of the most important Cathedrals of France.

The Rules of the Road: Pedestrian Safety Tips

As vehicles, bikes and pedestrians jockey for position on increasingly congested streets, accidents are on the rise, and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable. Injuries sustained by pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents are profound, often catastrophic. Fractures and head injuries are common, and resulting medical treatment can be extensive, prolonged and painful. Even worse, some resulting injuries may result in chronic conditions.

 

To avoid personal injury, there are ways to improve your safety as a pedestrian by following some basic, easy tips:

 

Be Visible

Make sure you’re visible to drivers and make eye contact with them whenever possible. Wear lightly-colored or reflective clothing at night. Keep to well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street. Low-light conditions -- dusk, dawn, or in rain or snow -- are especially dangerous. Data shows that 32% of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8pm and midnight.

 

Stay Alert

Remember that your eyes and ears are the best tools you have for keeping safe. Distractions are everywhere: store-fronts, other pedestrians, your cell phone, or wearing headphones. As much as your cell phone is part of your life, it takes your eyes off the road and distracts your attention. And you may be enjoying music on your headphones, but they close off your ears to the sound of traffic around you.

 

Follow the Rules

Know and follow all traffic rules, signs and signals -- especially around any construction areas you may encounter. Never assume a driver will give you the right of way -- even though they should. Making eye contact with a stopped or approaching vehicle ensures you have their attention.

 

Walk in Safe Places

Wherever possible, use crosswalks when crossing the street. If one’s not available, find the best-lit spot on the road to cross and wait for a long enough gap to do it safely. Don’t assume drivers will stop for you. Stay on sidewalks when you can -- and if a sidewalk isn’t available, walk on the side of the road facing traffic, to increase your visibility and so that you can see on-coming traffic.

 

Avoid Alcohol Consumption

Half of all traffic accidents resulting in pedestrian casualties involve alcohol consumption. Surprisingly, 34% of those casualties was on the part of the pedestrian. Alcohol affects your physical reflexes and decision-making skills as much on your feet as behind the wheel.

 

If You’re the Victim of a Personal Injury

Helpforme lawyers are experienced and expert in personal injury claims stemming from pedestrian accidents. They know that ICBC isn’t always right. With some of the province’s top engineering and investigative experts, Helpforme ensures all the facts of the accident are collected – accurately and irrefutably.

 

With one of the largest groups of personal injury lawyers under one roof in BC, Helpforme’s personal advocates help you through the complexities of your case, ensuring you get the claim settlement you deserve. And Helpforme has contingency-based fees, so you don’t pay until your claim is settled. Find out how Helpforme can help you.