The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 70,000 pedestrians are injured in the United States every year. Furthermore, Smart Growth America has given Florida the dubious distinction of being home to the four deadliest cities in the country for pedestrians: Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami. While some drivers might not recognize it, pedestrians have rights.
NHTSA’s “Everyone is a Pedestrian” campaign aims to highlight the unique challenges that face those who share the roads with cars, trucks, bicycles, and motorcycles. Even if you don’t walk to work, you’re a pedestrian the minute you shut the car door behind you. Here are a few tips to stay safe when you’re on foot.
●Be seen. Wear bright clothing or wear reflective materials.
●Be alert. Assume drivers can’t see you. Even if you have the right of way, the driver always has the upper hand.
●Be predictable. Obey walk signals and use crosswalks as expected.
●Be sober. Pedestrians are affected by drugs and alcohol, just like drivers.
When a car strikes a pedestrian, the consequences can be disastrous. That’s why it pays to be aware of your surroundings when you’re on foot and to act responsibly and defensively. You can’t completely eliminate the risk associated with walking near cars, but you can reduce it by paying attention and being proactive.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, please contact the Romano Law Group at 561-533-6700 to schedule your free consultation with one of our West Palm Beach injury attorneys.