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Safety tips for every jogger

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When you go out for the morning jog, you may not be thinking about anything other than working on getting some exercise and enjoying the morning air. You are probably not thinking about the possibility of being hit by a car. However, without paying attention to the traffic around you, the chances of a pedestrian accident are greatly increased. 

Whether you are new to running outside or you have been doing it for years, it is always good to refresh yourself with some basic safety tips. Following these tips and staying cautious while jogging could save your life.

Use your ears

Most people love to play music with their ear buds while running. Unfortunately, loud music can keep you from hearing oncoming traffic, which can greatly increase the danger.

You should consider leaving the music at home or keeping it low enough to hear what's going on around you. If a car is approaching from a side street, hearing it before seeing it could keep you from suffering a serious injury.

Go against the flow

When you are in the role of a pedestrian, it is important that you always try to run against the traffic. By facing the traffic, you can see what is coming and can react to it.

Don't forget to look both ways

Always look both ways before you cross the street, and if possible, make eye contact with any drivers stopped at an intersection you intend to cross. Unfortunately, even if you are standing directly in front of a vehicle, the driver may not see you. By making eye contact receiving acknowledgement from a driver, you know that that individual sees you.

Make a fashion statement

Think of your morning or evening jog as your time to shine. Literally. Choose running clothes that are outrageously colorful. When it comes to running in an area where there's traffic, there is no such thing as being too bright.

In addition to wearing bright colors, add in some reflective material and maybe one or two lights. If you have to, consider running with a flashlight. Moving lights tend to draw the attention of other people, especially drivers. Anything you can do to make yourself more visible is a good thing.

While the above tips can help you stay safe when running or walking in an area where you have to share the road with motor vehicles, sometimes there is nothing you can do to avoid an accident with a negligent driver. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due an accident with a car or truck, you might be able to file a personal injury claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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