Being wheelchair bound presents a number of challenges, as you well know. Despite efforts that have been made to make the world more wheelchair-friendly, there are still a lot of issues that exists. Getting around, particularly in public, can be a real challenge. Ramps exist on walkways and stairs to make it easier for you to access certain locations, which is certainly helpful; however, one place that is exceptionally dangerous for wheelchair users is the road. Crossing the street something that is often taken for granted by people who have the use of their legs, has the potential to be seriously dangerous for people who are wheelchair-bound.
Often times, crosswalks are not properly marked, and lights that are designed to provide pedestrians to safely pass crosswalks are not long enough for those who use wheelchairs. These factors can cause a wheelchair-bound individual to be struck by an automobile.
If you use a wheelchair, there are ways that you can avoid being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. Here are some valuable tips to help you avoid becoming one of the many wheelchair auto accident victims:
- Be aware of your surroundings. As you know, you are already well aware that you have to be more aware of your surroundings than the average person; however, this is particularly important when you are crossing a street. Make sure that they area where you are crossing is clearly marked as a crosswalk.
- Make sure that you are clearly visible. Wear bright colored clothing; place a high-flying neon flag on your wheelchair; place lights on your wheelchair, as well as reflectors. The more visible you are, the easier it is for drivers to see you.
- Ask for assistance. If you aren’t with someone who can help you, ask those around you to help. You will be pleasantly surprised to find out how kind people can be, and how much they are willing to help.