If you’re getting into running this year, and you know that you’re going to have to run on the road at times, you’re probably wondering which side of the road you should actually be on. Do you run with traffic in the same lane where you would drive, or should you actually run on the opposite side of the road so that you’re facing traffic?
In almost all situations, the best idea is to run facing traffic. You want to be moving against the flow so that you can see the vehicles coming toward you. This is what drivers will typically expect you to do, so that helps to keep you safe. It also means that you’ll see a potential hazard – such as a car that has started drifting onto the shoulder – before it gets to you.
How else can you stay safe?
Running against traffic is one way to increase your safety, but there are many other things you can do. For instance, if you don’t have the option to run during daylight hours, you always want to wear a light or at least something with reflective patches on it. If you’re thinking about listening to music while you run, you may want to leave the headphones at home, making it easier to hear cars around you.
But the fact of the matter is that accidents can happen no matter how safe you are. If one of those drivers makes a mistake, they can absolutely hit you and cause severe injuries.
Are you aware that there is a statute of limitations on injury claims in Nevada? Under state law, you need to seek compensation in the two years following the incident. It’s wise to be aware of a deadline like this and of all the legal steps you need to take so that you can move forward to seek compensation for your medical bills and other costs stemming from that crash.