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Summertime dangers for walkers and joggers to be aware of

In the spring, people come out of “hibernation” as the days grow longer and sunnier. By summertime, seemingly everyone who could be outside is outside.

It would be nice if these walkers, joggers and bicyclists could co-exist just fine with drivers and motorcyclists, but that scenario is not realistic. In fact, if you are a walker or jogger this summer, watch out for a few dangers. (They do not all come from vehicles!)

Tread cautiously with dogs

If a dog approaches you, avoid reaching out automatically to pet it. The fact is that about 4.7 million dog bites occur per year in the United States, and many lead to medical attention for the bitten parties and sometimes even death. Give plenty of space to the dog, if possible. If you are attacked, seek medical attention, and try to gather evidence, such as pictures of the injuries and witness statements.

If you walk with your children or if they walk alone, chat with them about staying safe around dogs.

Look both ways before crossing the street

Many bicyclists are responsible. That is, many, but not all. Even if a street is a one-way street, look both ways before crossing just in case a bicyclist comes barreling down.

Do not assume drivers know the rules

If you are a pedestrian who has the right of way, it is still a good idea to assume that drivers do not know the rules. In fact, many do not. If you can, make eye contact with them before you cross a street, and give them time to come to a stop. Also, if you think you may be suffering from heat sickness, cut your walk short, and get medical attention. Another good thing to know is that even if you have been jaywalking, you could have a personal injury claim.

Summertime brings its share of dangers to anyone who ventures outside. If you are involved in an accident, a lawyer can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

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