November is National Running Safety Month

The month of November is National Running Safety Month. And while exercise is important for overall health and well-being, it is even more important to practice safety while running outdoors. Runners should practice “defensive running” in the same manner as defensive driving. Defensive runners should be on the lookout for oncoming traffic and distracted drivers, make eye contact with the driver and never assume the right of way. Drivers should take particular care to follow the rules of the road, the posted speed limit and reduce their speed when sharing the road with runners. With the arrival of Daylight Saving Time we have all felt the change. It is dark before most of us even leave the office. Fall is the perfect running weather, but it is not always the best visibility weather. A recent study reported that approximately 122,000 runners get hit by cars and are hospitalized every year. This does not include the numerous runners who are hit by vehicles and suffer minor injuries that do not require hospitalization. Around 5,300 pedestrians die in accidents involving vehicles each year, according to a report by Transportation for America. Our Miami Personal Injury Attorneys, some of us avid runners, would like to offer you some important running safety tips in honor of National Running Safety Month: Make Sure Drivers Can See You One of the best tips that we can give runners is to make sure you are wearing clothing that allows you to be seen easily by drivers. Wear clothes that are bright and include reflective elements on your clothing, especially during the early morning hours and at...
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