Accidents Happen: 5 Reasons to be Extra Cautious as a Pedestrian

Driving a car requires a significant amount of focused attention on the road. Surprisingly, traveling as a pedestrian requires equal vigilance and focused attention.

Data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 137,000 pedestrians were treated in the emergency room for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Considering the lack of protection, it makes sense that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die in a car crash than occupants in the car.

Pedestrian injuries can be serious and costly


Thousands of people experience serious injuries after being hit by a car. Some accept insurance settlements while others hire lawyers. The cost of medical treatment is high. However, injured pedestrians can recover a significant amount of compensation through a lawsuit as long as they don’t make any major mistakes that hinder winning their case.

As a pedestrian, you’re extremely vulnerable. Here’s why you need to be extra cautious about vehicles.

1. Even a minor crash can cause severe injuries or death


A minor car crash between two motor vehicles isn’t always devastating for anyone but the car. Even then, sometimes cars with heavy-duty bumpers barely see a scratch. When you’re a pedestrian, however, you won’t be so lucky.

Although a speeding car presents more danger, a car’s speed isn’t the only factor you need to watch out for. It’s possible to get hit by a car backing out of a parking space and be seriously injured or die. This is an especially dangerous scenario since some drivers don’t realize when they’ve hit someone. If a driver backs into you in a parking lot and continues to accelerate, you could be run over.

A car traveling 10mph in a parking lot is equally dangerous if they look away momentarily or don’t see you. They might hit you and continue driving before they realize what’s happened.

2. The cost of healing is high


As an injured pedestrian, the cost of healing is high. You’ll need to take time off work (probably without pay), undergo expensive medical testing and treatments, and the hospital will expect you to pay for anything not covered by your insurance. That’s an overwhelming financial responsibility to shoulder.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s worth talking to a lawyer to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit. You’ll be offered a seemingly large amount by an insurance company, but that figure almost never covers your true costs.

A lawsuit, on the other hand, has the potential to get you better compensated and will make the insurance company’s settlement offer look like peanuts. For instance, legal experts from ffp law were able to recover $1,350,000 for a pedestrian accident when the insurance company offered $250,000.

3. Drunk or impaired drivers won’t likely see you


According to CDC data, 47% of pedestrian fatalities involved unauthorized substances. In some cases, the driver was intoxicated, but sometimes it was the pedestrian.

A driver impaired by unauthorized substances is less likely to see a pedestrian than if they were not impaired. While impaired people shouldn’t be driving, it does happen and you need to be on alert.

4. Pedestrians are hard to see at night


Everyone knows that pedestrians are hard to see at night. They blend in when they’re wearing dark clothing, but sometimes wearing light clothing isn’t enough. Some drivers have a harder time driving at night and place more of their attention on the road ahead of them rather than what’s in front of them. They may not see a pedestrian in a crosswalk that isn’t connected to a traffic light.

5. Cars turn right on red lights quickly


Think about how you drive. How many times do you look for pedestrians while making a right turn on a red light? Or are you mainly focused on watching the traffic so you can turn when a clearing opens up? Some drivers don’t even stop at a red light before turning right.

It’s easy for drivers to make a right turn on a red light and forget to check for pedestrians one last time. If you’re crossing the street, even at a crosswalk with a green light, pay close attention to cars turning right on a red light.

If a driver is in the far right lane with their blinker on, act as if they’re going to turn. Try to make eye contact with the driver before you start crossing the street. If you start walking at the same moment the driver notices an opening, you could get hit.

Awareness is the key to your safety


Cars have a duty to look out for pedestrians, but they need to be vigilant, too. Regardless of what cars should be doing, you can avoid injury by being extra cautious whenever you’re a pedestrian.

Be a vigilant driver, too


Be careful on foot, but also remember to exercise caution when you’re the driver. Not all pedestrians are aware of their surroundings. Some people walk across the street with their eyes glued to their phones.

People on foot are unpredictable; not all people on foot will be looking to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Many people just cross the road regardless of a green or red light and sometimes they don’t even bother to walk in the crosswalk.

Take an extra three seconds to make a full stop at a red light before turning right. Those extra three seconds will give you enough time to look for people about to cross the road right in your turning path.

It’s not always fashionable to stop at a red light, but it’s the law. Despite the law, some people might honk their horn at you for stopping because they’re used to everyone else just blasting through the light. Don’t be that person. People on foot, bicycles, and motorcycles can sneak up beside you to turn right at the same time. By looking out for pedestrians before you turn, you’re also giving yourself the chance to see those bikes and motorcycles.

Some Longboarding Tips for Newbie

If you do the carefully learning longboards steps, you wouldn’t get so much pain. Many new riders go to the hills right away without learning a foundation lesson. There is a list of tips for starters that will help you get started without getting a terrible fall that can make an awful injury! Let’s go to the first lesson.

Getting a suitable board

The board is different for everyone, based on your size, age, skills, riding goals, etc. Below are some tips from professional skateboarders by website, to help you choose the best longboard that suits you.

Finding your stance’s styling

Each person has a different riding stance for board sports. When you stand on a longboard, if your left foot is stood forward and right food stood back in natural, you are “gifted”, if you put your foot in reverse then you’re “silly”.

There are many ways to find out what your style is, but a basic way is standing on the board with your feet together and your back is pushed forward by someone.

You’ll find out which style of stance naturally makes you feel stable and avoid falling out.

Why is stance important? If you’re “gifted”, if you want to make your longboard turn right, you should press on your toes, and if you press on your heels, it will make you go left. If you are “silly”, it will be in the reverse. Keeping this in mind when you learn new techniques.

Finding your stable when not moving

If you are a newbie, you should familiarize yourself with balancing on the board before starting to go on. Practicing on grass or on a thick carpet is safe for beginners because the board is kept from rolling by friction.

Step on your longboard and get into your stance’s style, your feet are wide about shoulder-width apart or slightly wider – depending on your board length, your feet will be close to, or on top of, the bolts of the trucks.

Your back foot (right if you’re “gifted”, left otherwise) should be about perpendicular to the deck, while your front foot is slightly angled with the deck, say about 45º. Bend your knees a little and lean forward slightly so as to feel nice and stable.

You should feel comfortable and convenient when you are standing on the board without having to step down.

Practicing your turning stance

You should practice this on a lawn. You can tilt the plank to the side by shifting your weight to the side while you’re not moving.

Practice rolling back and forth with your ankles to make your board lean on each edge – that’s how you turn when you ride. Next step, lock your ankle and move your body weight forward and backward to make the board tilt.

You can have a balance board for additional training in static mode before you practice on the road or hill. It’s a great balance training tool when you start studying this sport seriously.

Practicing your push

Balancing on one leg while other leg pushes is a key skill you surely have to master in board sports.

The first step is rotating your front foot so that your toes point forward.  At the same time, turning both your shoulders and hips forward. In the next step,  lifting your back foot off the board. Do not worry about falling out because your front foot being turned forward helps you stabilize.  Shifting your weight onto your front leg, bend your front knee to lower, then your back foot to the ground without moving your hips.

While you squat on your front leg in a few seconds, you should touch the ground with your back foot for moving. Then, start bringing your foot back up onto the board, all your body (including your foot) go back to the starting position.

These lessons may be too difficult for you for the first time because of balancing yourself when the board keeps leaning right or left. However, you will be more confident soon after some times challenging yourself in these lessons.

Learning how to break the board

Obviously, knowing how to brake effectively is very important for a person learning to ride a longboard from the beginning. Foot braking is the most important technique you should be to master.

The break steps are likely to the push steps, but after dropping your back foot to the ground, instead of kicking you brush the ground with the sole of your foot to make the friction slow you down.

Make sure you reach the ground with your feet flat, even your toes lift up slightly, to avoid your toes from stumbling on a stone or brick on the ground when you rub the floor to brake.

This technique works best at low speeds but it is more difficult when you go faster. One way to improve it is to practice standing with one leg and squatting while rolling.

Getting moving on the path

OK! So you have learned all the basic lessons.  Time to get moving.  Find a driveway or path with a slight incline, stand on your longboard, and let gravity get you moving.

Using your lesson about push stance: change your front foot and shoulders forward, let your back foot lower to the ground, and give your board some momentum by doing a small push. A little speed will make you feel some stable and you can control the board easier.

If the path is not smooth, try not to pressure on your front foot or shift your weight forward too much to let your board wheels roll over cracks or pebbles easier.

Remove pressing on your front foot a bit will also give you less exhausted. When you are getting more comfortable pushing, you can push the path a bit stronger for moving more speed.  However, be careful with going faster than you can run at this time.

Unwritten rules you should know

The last piece of advice is about the usual longboard ride and the polite and safe behavior you should use when playing.

When you’re traveling with other vehicles on open roads, remember to stay in your lane and respect traffic signs (stop signs, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, speed limits degrees, etc.) just like when you’re driving a car.

Try to drive carefully, ready for the worst of situations from cars (such as unannounced turns), dogs, bicycles, etc. Let pedestrians walk in the right direction when walking on the sidewalk, use your voice to alert them and let them know you will pass them.

Be friendly and polite to walkers and neighbors to maintain comfort and convey a positive image of the sport.

Reduce noise in residential areas, especially late time. Avoid screaming when you’re playing in a group, and avoid driving at bedtime at night because the noise can make others uncomfortable.

Wrapping up

If you’re a newbie in playing longboard, I hope that these tips are useful for you. I tried to synthesize and arrange the basic steps and skills needed for beginners.

All in all, here are some tips for you.

Ways your trucking company can cut everyday costs

Owning a trucking company is pretty cool, but cutting all the daily costs and reducing them to the bare minimum in order to maximize profit is even cooler!

In order to run a profitable trucking company, it is really important that you cut all the trucking fleet costs as much as you possibly can, but still be able to make all your scheduled deliveries with efficiency.

If you happen to own a trucking company and want to learn more about how to cut the everyday costs, feel free to continue reading until the end. Here’s what you need to know.

Tracking the current budget effectively


Just like any other business, tracking your budget is something that needs to be done really precisely and carefully, if you don’t want to make any expenses that you cannot afford, or go over limits that should not be crossed. It’s basically the same with owning a trucking company, and since a business is a business, the same rules apply here as well.

Most companies, especially the more successful ones, will always hire a person whose job is to track the budget really carefully and make sure that the company doesn’t make any expenses that are unnecessary.

We do understand that your expenses are different each week due to the different deliveries that you have to make, but making sure that you stick to it as much as possible is really important. Simply by tracking how you’re spending money, you will be able to find areas in which you can cut some costs to the minimum.

Cutting third-party services


According to this website, most successful trucking companies are trying to insource and multitask on their own as much as they possibly can, simply because this allows them to reduce all costs that were meant for those third party helping hands that you want to hire.

There is a common formula which a lot of successful trucking companies follow, and it says that you shouldn’t hire more than one non-driving person per five trucks in your company. Try to follow this rule and you’ll notice that you might have a bit too much people in your company.

Anything that’s a small job and can be done by your employees should be done like that. Hiring third-party companies is always helpful, but it will cost a lot of money, and in most cases, you can probably do that task by yourself instead of hiring someone else.

Implementing healthy food


One common thing that is well-known about drivers is that most of them don’t have a healthy lifestyle, simply because healthy food is really hard to come by during very long trucking routes. This means that you should try to encourage your crew to get involved in at least some kind of physical activity and pack some healthy meals for their routes, in order for them to remain healthy and safer.

Poor diet and lack of exercise can sometimes lead to a lack of awareness, which is one of the most common reasons for road accidents. Healthy food is not really hard to prepare, and it is definitely something that will both improve the health of your crew and reduce your costs since fast food on the road can sometimes cost a lot of money.