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What Should Pedestrians Wear at Night?

two people walking on a sidewalk at nighttime wearing oversized coats

Often in discussions about pedestrian safety, the conversation centers around being vigilant, staying on sidewalks or in marked crosswalks, etc. However, there are additional steps that pedestrians can take to ensure their safety. One of these is dressing in a way that could help them be more visible to drivers, particularly at night.

Dressing to Increase Visibility

Nighttime visibility has a lot to do with the color and reflectivity of clothing. Dark colors tend to blend into the night, while light or brightly colored clothes stand out more and are easier for drivers to recognize. Reflective fabrics can also help pedestrians be seen in low-light situations by reflecting light from vehicles. Additionally, it may be beneficial to utilize:

  • Reflective vests or jackets
  • Light-colored clothing
  • Reflective tape on a jacket, bag, etc.

These items can help increase a pedestrian’s visibility and potentially decrease the risk of an accident.

What to Avoid Wearing at Night

In addition to wearing clothes that can help increase visibility, it is important for pedestrians to avoid wearing certain items and materials. For example, clothes with graphics that may be difficult to see at night should be avoided. Additionally, clothing made from materials like leather, fur, or velvet can make it more difficult for drivers to recognize a pedestrian in dark conditions.

Wearing headphones can also be dangerous since they can function as a distraction and inhibit a pedestrian from knowing when a vehicle is approaching.

Pedestrian Accident? Call The Paris Law Group, PC

We hope these tips help keep you safe when walking at night. However, if you are involved in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of another person or entity, please call The Paris Law Group, PC for assistance. We have years of experience dealing with all aspects of personal injury law and can give you the detailed guidance needed to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Call (888) 365-4940 today for a free consultation.