For obvious reasons, pedestrian accidents are serious. A pedestrian is not afforded the same protections as a driver when involved in an impact. That is why you should be careful when walking the sunny Florida streets. Fortunately, there are some simple safety rules you can follow to avoid a serious pedestrian accident injury.
1. Look Both Ways
It’s a simple tip we teach our children…always look both ways before crossing. However, many adults fail to follow this simple principle. Though you may have the right-of-way when crossing the street, you can’t guarantee that a driver may see you. Look both ways before crossing!
2. Use Your Eyes
Your eyes are your biggest tool of protection. Unfortunately, many pedestrians become distracted when walking and fail to recognize road dangers. When walking, you should avoid:
- Using your handheld electronic device.
- Making and answering phone calls.
- Reading and making texts.
- Reading maps and books.
- Listening to music.
3. Don’t Enter a Crosswalk When a Vehicle is Approaching
Though you may see the driver, the driver may not see you. Even if the vehicle appears to be slowing down, you should wait for the vehicle to stop, drive through the crosswalk, or wait until the driver waves before entering. Only cross if your feel comfortable in doing so.
4. Utilize Crosswalks
You should always cross at intersections or designated crosswalks. You should also avoid crossing from parked cars. A driver may not see you in time to stop before hitting you.
5. Obey Traffic Rules
Many pedestrian accidents result when someone fails to obey traffic rules. This means:
- Staying in the boundaries of the crosswalk.
- Not entering a crosswalk when the red hand is flashing.
- Not crossing mid-block or jaywalking.
6. Use Predictable Behavior
It critical that motorists understand what your intentions are. Avoid darting into a street, and always walk in a straight line. Confusion on the behalf of a motorist can be catastrophic.
7. Follow the Same Rules When in a Parking Lot
Many pedestrian accidents occur in parking lots. Follow the same rules when you are walking in a parking lot. Pedestrian accidents commonly occur in parking lots located at:
- Grocery centers.
- Retail shopping centers including malls.
- Office buildings.
Not All Pedestrian Accidents Can Be Avoided
No matter how safe you are on foot, you can’t always control the driving behaviors of other motorists. However, if you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you might be able to hold the other driver liable for your damages.
We Can Help
Unfortunately, holding the responsible party liable for your injuries is no easy task. That is why you should call Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. We have the knowledge and experience to get you the compensation you deserve. We will work hard to defend your rights and make sure you receive the best medical care possible.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We will help you determine your next steps.