What Are The Safety Tips For Pedestrians During Covid-19?

As Pennsylvania and the entirety of the United States grapples with the continual issues related to COVID-19, the majority of people have been under some type of stay at home order. However, people can continue to exercise and go out under the conditions that they maintain proper social distancing requirements with these orders. That could cause an issue, specifically in areas not used to an influx of people. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys want to suggest to anyone the need to safely participate in recreational activities is vital.

What is the concern for Philly pedestrians?

Despite the pandemic keeping most people indoors, pedestrians will continue to be at risk of accidents that could result in injury. While the amount of car-related accidents have decreased, there have been significant increases in other accidents, such as bikes versus cars. Pedestrians must remember to be cautious at all times when they are in and around the roadways of Philadelphia. This includes:

  • Continuing to cross only at marked crosswalks (when they are available).
  • Making eye contact with stopped drivers before crossing.
  • Not walking or exercising while distracted by cell phones or other devices.
  • Wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing in the evening and at night.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 4,129 total pedestrian crashes last year across the Commonwealth. Out of those incidents, there were 4,090 injuries and 201 fatalities reported.

What to remember during Covid-19

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, which is the agency that would currently monitor the current spread of Covid-19 in the Commonwealth. From the data provided by this organization, the pandemic can be seen to have a significant impact. With the latest reports, we know there were:

  • 73,827 confirmed cases
  • 5,953 deaths

With information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are specific methods in which to avoid risks of spreading Covid-19 within the nation. We can see with this information that safety precautions for pedestrians would be:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands
  • Maintain a distance of six feet between other individuals, or gathering in groups
  • Wear a face cover from cloth when you are around other people or in public, rather than using a medical facemask
  • Often disinfect, and clean surfaces touched frequently
  • Wear bright-colored clothes to be more easily visible, or during the night have a flashlight at hand, but generally avoid walking on roads

Another caution would be to have full awareness of symptoms and monitor the health of you or your loved ones. Currently, the discovered symptoms of Covid-19 have been seen within two days or fourteen days. These symptoms would include:

  • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
  • Head or body aches
  • A recent loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat or congestion
  • Nausea or fatigue
  • Fever or cough

Let us work on your case

If the negligent actions of another person in a pedestrian accident have injured you or somebody your care about, contact the Dan Doyle Law Group as soon as possible. We will investigate your case thoroughly and work to secure the compensation you may be entitled to. This may include the following:

  • Coverage of medical expenses due to the incident
  • Lost income and benefits from an inability to work
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the negligent individual

If you need a Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us today for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 215-987-3730.