Tips: How to Stay Safe on the Trails

Post written by the legal team at Robinson & Henry P.C. Attorneys at Law

While you are enjoying the trails, it is extremely important that you pay attention to your safety. While running is no doubt beneficial for your health, it does come with some risks. As such, appropriate precautions should always be taken. 

Safe Running Practices

If you are running outside on trails, or if you are making your own path, please engage in safe running practices. Outdoor runners face many different kinds of safety threats. It is critical that runners take the proper precautions to protect themselves. More specifically, runners should watch out for the following two issues:

Traffic: According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic is the number one danger facing runners. Sadly, many runners across the country are hit by cars each year. It is imperative that all runners consider the traffic patterns. Most often, runners are hit by cars during the early morning hours or late in the evening. This occurs because of the reduced visibility. Fortunately, proper attire can help to reduce this risk. Runners should always wear reflective clothing when running in the morning or at night. It is important to try to make yourself as visible as possible. Of course, drivers have a legal duty to look out for your safety as well. If they fail to do so, and you are struck by a car, you need to speak to a personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your legal options. 

The Elements: It is also important that runners watch out for the elements. From long cold winters to hot summer months, proper attire is a must. You need to make sure that you have the correct footwear, warm enough clothing and constant access to water.

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