Helping Pedestrians Stay Safe on the Road
The beautiful weather here in the Sunshine State tempts both residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors on foot. And why not? Walking to a destination is both environmentally friendly and an economical alternative to driving. However, walking from destination to destination can also pose serious risks for pedestrians. And unfortunately, when a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, severe injuries or even death may result.
When a pedestrian accident happens, the victim who was simply walking has the right under Florida law to pursue a claim for damages for things like lost wages and pain and suffering. However, an injured pedestrian should also expect the driver to bring up questions of fault and attempt to shift the blame to the person who was struck by the car.
What is a Pedestrian?
Under Florida statute 316.003 (53), anyone on foot is considered to be a “pedestrian.” However, an important distinction is that the term includes only those who are engaged in some kind of movement or motion, such as walking. Additionally, bicyclists are also typically considered to be pedestrians.
How Dangerous is Walking for Pedestrians?
According to a report published by the Governors Highway Safety Association earlier this year, pedestrian deaths in 2018 were the highest that they have been in this country in three decades. While pedestrian deaths have been on the rise since 2009, the report estimates that well over 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents last year.
How Can Pedestrians Stay Safe on the Road?
While there are many factors outside the control of traffic safety officials and regulations that contribute to the changes in the number of pedestrian fatalities, there are also many things that pedestrians can keep in mind and do to help themselves stay safe on the road. You can’t completely eliminate the risk associated with walking near cars, but you can reduce it by paying attention and being proactive. Keep these tips in mind to stay safe when you’re on foot.
- Turn down the volume on your headphones and keep your eyes off your phone and on the road.
- Wear bright clothing or wear reflective materials, especially when traveling at night.
- Stay predictable to drivers by obeying walk signals and using crosswalks as expected.
- Avoid walking while impaired and keep in mind that pedestrians are affected by drugs and alcohol just like drivers.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured?
Unfortunately, pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable people traveling along the road and can suffer from some of the most serious injuries after a collision. When a car strikes a pedestrian, the consequences can be disastrous. The good news is that an injured pedestrian has the legal right to sue for injuries and hold a negligent driver responsible. As the experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm, we understand how serious these crashes can be. We are dedicated to serving individuals and their families who have been injured by the negligence of others and we know first-hand the heartbreak that can be left behind after an accident. Contact us today.
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