As a pedestrian, being struck by a vehicle can have devastating consequences. With no protective equipment to rely on, a pedestrian will likely suffer traumatic brain damage, spinal cord damage, multiple fractures, paralysis or amputation. Severe collisions could result in death.
As Florida enjoys largely pleasant weather year-round, individuals tend to walk, run or jog throughout the state. They often choose to walk to their destinations rather than drive. Pedestrians, though, are wise to consider these 5 tips provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Act in a predictable manner: By staying on the sidewalk or within designated pedestrian areas, you give motorists an idea of where you are. Suddenly leaving these areas, though, can result in collisions.
- Use sidewalks whenever possible: Crowded areas might make you feel uncomfortable, but when pedestrian traffic spills into car and truck lanes, crashes are bound to happen.
- Walk facing traffic: Your natural inclination might be to walk with the flow of traffic, but facing traffic gives you a chance to see what’s coming toward you.
- Avoid distractions: You might be tempted to use a phone to make a call, read, send a text or take pictures while walking. Distracted walking can lead to serious injuries.
- Use the designated crosswalks: Whenever possible, you should cross the road where drivers expect you to. Using painted, lit and signed crosswalks is a great way to stay visible to the motorist traffic.
Pedestrians tend to suffer devastating injuries in even seemingly minor collisions. They can be struck, pulled under the vehicle, run over by the vehicle and crushed against stationary objects like signs, guardrails and trees. If you were injured or you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, it is wise to consider your legal options for monetary compensation from those responsible.