The Blue Ridge Mountains draw tourists from all over the world. Except for the worst winter days, there’s no wrong time to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this section of the Appalachian Mountains.
Many out-of-town visitors find themselves spending time in Roanoke, and while you may be used to the splendor of your area, it’s important to remember that our guests may become overwhelmed and distracted. Therefore, you need to practice extra vigilance when walking around your community.
The dangers of being a pedestrian in a touristy area
Tourist areas are often congested with cars, buses, and pedestrians, creating dangerous driving conditions. One of the most common accidents in tourist areas is a collision between a car and a pedestrian. This is often due to distracted driving because:
- Unfamiliarity with the area leads them to take their eyes off the road to check maps or GPS devices.
- Other passengers in the car may be asking for directions or taking photos.
- They are looking at the surroundings.
As a pedestrian, there are several things you can do to stay safe, such as:
- Always be aware of your surroundings and try to stay visible.
- If you must walk in low-light conditions, carry a flashlight and stay on well-lit paths.
- Be cautious when crossing streets, and look both ways before entering the roadway. Make eye contact with drivers to let them know you are there.
- Pay attention to traffic signs and signals; never assume drivers will yield the right-of-way.
- Be aware of your surroundings so you can react quickly if necessary.
It can be difficult to know where to turn if you or a loved one has been injured by a motor vehicle. You will need someone who can take the burden off your shoulders, deal with insurance companies, and help to get you the compensation you deserve.