Florida is a hotspot for pedestrians. Its warmer climate means more people traveling on foot. It also means your chances of being involved in a Daytona Beach pedestrian accident are much greater. It’s your responsibility as a motorist to do everything you can to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.
Identifying the Pedestrian
Though it may be obvious, it’s a good reminder to understand who is considered a pedestrian. A pedestrian is anyone:
- Traveling on foot.
- Who has a disability and is required to use a wheelchair to get around.
- Riding a skateboard or on rollerskates or rollerblades.
Six Safety Tips to Avoiding a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrians lack the same protections that motorized vehicles offer. Pedestrians are more at risk of suffering a serious injury if struck while on foot. You should be in the habit of using extra precaution when pedestrians are about. This includes:
- Understanding who has the right of way. Whether in a crosswalk or crossing in the middle of the street, it’s important to understand that the pedestrian has the right of way. Always yield to them.
- Avoiding passing other vehicles in a crosswalk. You should never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk. You might not be able to see the pedestrian who they may have stopped for.
- Stay off of sidewalks. Sidewalks are there for pedestrians. Unless you are driving over a sidewalk to enter or exit a driveway, alley, or parking lot, stay off them. However, always yield to pedestrians when you are required to drive over a sidewalk.
- Do not stop in a crosswalk. Stopping in crosswalks, which are designed for pedestrians, puts them at greater risk of being stuck by another vehicle.
- Make eye contact. If it appears that a pedestrian is about to cross the street or crosswalk, it is imperative that you make eye contact with them, even if you have the right of way. Never assume they have seen you.
- Allow older and disabled people more time. Older and disabled people require more time to cross the street. Be patient and afford them enough time to cross safely.
If You Have Been Involved in an Accident
Unfortunately, no matter how safe of a driver you are, you can’t always avoid a collision with another motorist. Their negligence can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. Let our experienced team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. help you hold them liable for your damages. Our goal is to help you get the maximum compensation possible.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach pedestrian accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.