If you have ever found yourself having to walk with traffic, you may have been wondering which side of the street, with or against traffic, you should be walking on. Not knowing the answer to this could place you and your loved ones at risk of being injured. Because accident attorney Paul Hammack has handled many pedestrian-related accident cases and knows just how damaging they can be, below are a few tips to help keep you safe if you ever find yourself walking with traffic.

Pedestrians – round yellow sign seen in Australia

  1. Not all roadways have sidewalks built next to them which makes it rather difficult for pedestrians as they are then forced to go into the road. If you ever encounter this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says you should walk facing traffic. The reason being is because if a car is approaching you from behind, you only have your ears to rely on to let you know it’s coming. You can’t see it, nor will you be able to get out of the way if it happens to be getting too close to you. If you are walking against traffic, which means you are facing the cars as they come your way, you at least have your eyes and ears and a better chance at being able to dodge a vehicle that is veering off the road nearby to you [Source: com].
  2. When it comes time to cross the street, only cross at intersections. The NTSHA says that the majority of people who are hit by vehicles are those that cross the road at places other than an intersection. Most intersections come equipped with pedestrian walkways and traffic lights to help make drivers aware that they should keep an eye out for pedestrians.

Below we highlight some other things you need to know if you find yourself going out for walks in your neighborhood or even if you walk to work on a daily basis.

Drivers need to see you so they can avoid hitting you or coming close to colliding into you. With that said, keep these tips in mind so you can help increase the chances of a driver, who might be distracted, sleepy, or lost in thought, see you as a large number of accidents occur involving these types of drivers.

  1. Stay out of a driver’s blind spot.
  2. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
  3. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are going to be walking near traffic at night.
  4. Carry a flashlight as well if you know you will be walking in the nighttime or even during the early morning hours when the sun it not quite up yet.
  5. Do not let your kids play near traffic or cross the street themselves. Kids are small which means they are even harder for drivers to see.

You are going to need to make every effort to keep yourself safe while out walking, whether it is in your neighborhood or on a busy street as most motorists aren’t exactly looking for pedestrians. In the event you are ever involved in an accident where a driver hit you while you were out walking, contact Hammack Law Firm today by calling 864-326-3333. Not only will our firm help determine if your accident injuries entitle you to compensation, but Greenville, SC personal injury attorney Paul Hammack will represent you throughout the duration of your case to increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.

Paul Hammack has 18 years’ experience as a trial attorney. He worked for insurance companies for 15 of those years so he has the knowledge and experience to get the most out of your workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Unlike most big box firms, Paul is not afraid of taking a case to trial. If you are hurt on the job or by someone else’s negligence we want to help. Better call Paul! Hammacklawfirm.com.

You can always contact Hammack Law Firm at:


223 West Stone Avenue

Greenville, SC 29609

Phone: 864-326-3333


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