If you’re a runner and you’re looking for ways to stay safe, you know that one of the greatest risks you face is running at night. Drivers just tend not to see you. You may have the “cross” signal at an intersection, but just stepping out into the street could result in being struck by a turning vehicle.
Reflective vests can work, but the issue is that they need lights to be pointed at them in order to reflect that light. A driver who is turning is not pointing the lights at you until the last second. If you’ve thought about adding an LED vest into your safety gear but you’re not sure about how well they work.
Here’s what you should know:
Flashing lights are best for safety
These vests absolutely can help. LED lights are long-lasting and do not add much weight as you go for a run. They stand out in the dark, even when headlights are not pointed in your direction. This is an easy way to make sure that drivers see you before they turn.
Perhaps best are flashing LED lights. Strobe lights have long been used on everything from stop signs to airliners. Modern cars often have strobes as their brake lights, as do some motorcycles. The idea is that an unexpected flashing light is far more likely to draw someone’s attention than a static light, and it works time and time again.
Have you been hit by a negligent driver?
As any runner knows, safety precautions do not always work. You could wear all of the best gear in the world and a driver could still hit you because they’re not paying attention. If that happens, you need to take steps to protect your future and your claim for compensation. An experienced advocate can show you what to do next.