7 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of a Pedestrian Accident
Over the past 20 years of Practicing Personal Injury Law in the State of Florida, we have helped many clients who were injured as a result of being victims in Pedestrian Accidents. These types of accidents tend to cause VERY severe injuries and can even be fatal. They are especially dangerous because pedestrians do not have a protective cage around them like drivers and passengers in vehicles do.
We would like to share with you some helpful tips to use; to help ensure that you never have to go through the painful experience of being a victim of a pedestrian accident:
- Always use crosswalks and obey “Walk/Don’t Walk” signals at intersections. As tempting as it may be to hurry up and try to get across the street, you are better off waiting to avoid the risk of being hurt. It only takes one second for someone to look away, and then look back up, only to realize that someone is attempting to cross the street right in front of them.
- Try to walk on sidewalks as much as possible. If you must walk on the street, please walk facing oncoming traffic and stay as far over to the side of the road as possible. If you are walking in a group, be sure to walk in single file.
- If walking at night, wear bright clothes and carry a flashlight. We don’t recommend walking at night if at all possible, but if you must, be sure that you are extra careful and as visible as possible.
- Keep your ears free to hear what is going on around you. Even though wearing headphones may be a more enjoyable way to walk or jog while getting exercise, save it for the track or gym. Listening to music while walking near traffic can be dangerous because you may not hear if a car is coming your way or is beeping at you.
- Take special care when walking around parked cars. If you are walking between parked cars, drivers may not see you until it is too late and you are in their path of travel. Always expect the unexpected.
- Watch for Turning Vehicles before crossing. Sometimes the traffic light will tell you to “Walk” when there are vehicles that have the ability to make a right-hand turn and may not see you. Be sure to look out for them.
- Always remember that just because you see them, doesn’t mean they see you. Drivers of vehicles tend to be very preoccupied with many things going on around them. It is VERY important to use extra caution and remember that even though you see them coming, they may not see you at all.
We hope you will utilize this information and be extra careful when walking near traffic. If you follow these tips, you will be less likely to become the victim of a pedestrian accident. Here at Brooks Law Group, we want you to avoid being injured as much as possible because it is a really difficult experience to go through. If you or anyone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident or any other type of accident, we can help you get through this. Call us today at 888-We-Mean-It (888-936-3264).