Sometimes it feels like everyone in America drives. People will drive their cars half a mile to go to the store. They commute every day. The most time they spend outside is while walking from the house to the car.
In Washington, though, this just doesn’t hold true. Roughly 25%-30% of people in the state do not drive. Even when you add in those who do, reports claim that “nearly all Washingtonians walk on a daily basis.”
There are a lot of benefits to having this type of culture. It promotes greater levels of health and fitness, as walking is one of the best low-stress exercises that you can do. It also reduces the amount of pollution and carbon emissions in the state. For those who walk instead of drive, they find savings since they don’t have to pay for car insurance, gasoline, or the vehicles themselves. As popular as cars have been in America since the assembly line began rolling, not everyone thinks that the benefits outweigh the downsides.
That said, there are risks to having such a large pedestrian population. Accidents between cars and people who are walking or running are some of the most dangerous accidents that happen every year. They do not even have to happen at high speeds to lead to serious injuries or even to prove fatal for these pedestrians.
As such, if you walk on a regular basis, you need to know what precautions you can take to stay safe. You also need to know what legal rights you have if you do get involved in an accident.