When you’re walking around listening to music, you probably don’t have a care in the world. It’s easy to forget where you are when you’re singing along and the sun is shining. Music is an amazing form of escapism, but this can also have its downsides. If you’re in a world of your own, you may be at risk of road traffic accidents. You should always be aware of the potential risks of accidents due to earphones. Whether you are cycling, walking or in the gym, accidents can occur. If you are crossing roads, it’s essential to give the road your full attention.
Staying safe as a pedestrian: Reducing the risk of accidents due to earphones
As a pedestrian, you’re always at risk of accidents on the road. Even if you’re paying attention, you may come across reckless or negligent drivers. Make sure you look around you at all times, and double check that it’s safe to cross before stepping out into the road. Wait for signals, and cross at designated crossings. Don’t take chances.
If you are listening to music, make sure you have it on a low level, and be extra vigilant. Your powers of hearing will be reduced, and you can easily get distracted. You can get taken away by the song, or you can simply lose concentration when you’re trying to skip songs or find your favourite track. Your reaction time may increase, and you may not be able to hear warning sounds. If you find that you get distracted easily, it’s probably best to avoid listening to music while you’re walking along busy roads.
Making a claim for a road accident
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, and you weren’t to blame, you may be able to claim compensation. As long as you can prove that you were not at fault, and the incident occurred within the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline to learn more about the process of claiming car accident compensation and see how much you could claim. If you were injured by a driver while walking on a pavement, and you were not at fault, you could also make a claim for pedestrian accident compensation. The money you are awarded could help to cover the cost of medical care or relieve pressure if you’ve been forced to take time off work due to injury.
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Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice