The Potential Consequences That Speeding Drivers Can Create for Pedestrians
Having a lead foot. Speed freak. There are many names for people who love the adrenaline rush that comes with pushing the driving speed limits stipulated by law. We have all seen these people, sometimes racing each other, and sometimes flying by us as we try to ensure that we are driving or walking safely. There is nothing wrong with seeking an adrenaline rush. However, another person’s propensity for speed can become problematic for society when the consequences of his or her behavior affect someone else’s life. This is especially true for pedestrians.
Local 10 recently reported that five people, including three children, were rushed to the hospital after being hit by a speeding driver while waiting for a bus at a school bus stop. While authorities are still trying to determine the driver’s reasoning, it is clear that the driver was speeding.
It is clear that incidents like the one above are, unfortunately, not uncommon. So far in 2018, there have been over 7,000 crashes involving pedestrians in Florida. And the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the higher vehicle speeds increase both the chances of a pedestrian being struck by a car as well as the severity of the injury.
What Should Pedestrians Do to Help Them Stay Safe?
- Wear brightly colored clothing. This can help you stand out from your surroundings. The easier it is to see you, the better that your chances are for a safe walk.
- Attach reflective gear and carry a flashlight when walking at night. The flashlight can help you see where you’re walking, and the reflective gear can help drivers see you when they have reduced visibility from the dark.
- Listen out for traffic. Many pedestrians listen to music or podcasts while walking between destinations and there is nothing wrong with that. However, keeping an eye – and ear – out for vehicles can help you avoid them even if they do not manage to see you.
- Plan your route in advance. Know where you’re going and have an idea of how to get there before you leave. In addition, share your route with a friend or family member who will not be walking with you.
- Carry a fully charged cell phone. In case of an emergency, it is good to have a device that you can use to contact authorities.
What Should Drivers Do to Help Pedestrians Stay Safe?
- Abide by the speed limit.
- Give pedestrians space.
- Be mindful of inclement weather.
- Pay extra attention in the dark.
- Refrain from texting and/or talking while driving.
- Check for pedestrians before turning.
Have You Been Hit By a Speeding Driver?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident where the driver was speeding, contact us today. The Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm will fight for you while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We are experienced in helping people like you recover the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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