Tips for Avoiding Pedestrian-Car Accidents During the Holidays
According to statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) as published in Forbes Magazine, about 16 percent of all motor vehicle accident deaths involve pedestrians. This figure is an increase from 11 percent only a few years ago.
No matter the season, time of year, or day, motorists are always responsible for sharing the road safely with the pedestrians in their midst. Vigilance for pedestrians on or near the roadways can never take a holiday. However, the holidays are often the times when auto-pedestrian accidents rise.
Over the next several weeks, more pedestrians will be sharing the road with motorists due to Christmas, New Years', and other holiday festivities. They may be enjoying the Christmas lights, some holiday fireworks, caroling with friends and family, or simply out for an evening stroll. Some may even have a little too much to drink, increasing the danger of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Even just having more motorists and pedestrians out on Florida's roads increases the chances of a crash. Keep in mind that if you do become a victim in a collision, one of the first steps you should take to protect yourself is to meet with a St. Pete pedestrian accident attorney.
Pedestrian Safety Tips for the Holidays
So, what can you do if you will be out on foot this holiday season? Motorists are responsible for sharing the road safely with pedestrians in their midst. Even still, driver negligence is frequently the cause of severe pedestrian-auto accidents. As a pedestrian, you should always put safety first. You can start now by implementing the following safety tips from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Obey all pedestrian signs and signals. Following the pedestrian rules of the road makes you more predictable to drivers.
- Make yourself as visible as possible—wear bright clothing during the day or an outer layer of reflective material at night. In the dark, you should also carry a flashlight.
- Always walk on the sidewalks whenever they're available. If one isn't available, try taking a different route or walk facing oncoming traffic and as far away from traffic as you can.
- Stay alert to your surroundings. Although tempting, distractions such as earbuds and smartphones are dangerous and not just to drivers. Therefore, it's imperative to train your eyes and mind to focus on the business at hand, which is walking safely to your destination.
- Cross only at marked at crosswalks whenever possible. Drivers anticipate pedestrians to walk here, which makes you a more predictable pedestrian. When you do cross, don't just follow the pedestrian signals provided. You should also be sure to look for oncoming cars in all directions, including those that may be turning left or right into the path of your crosswalk.
- Never assume that the motorist who's supposed to stop to allow you to cross sees you—always make eye contact with them before beginning to cross.
- In situations where no crosswalk is available, locate a well-lit spot with a clear view of traffic. Cross only when you identify a large enough gap in traffic to allow for your safe crossing.
- Pay special attention to vehicles entering and exiting driveways, parking spots, entrances and exits, and alleyways. Many preventable pedestrian accidents occur in these common areas.
Turn to a Compassionate St. Pete Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Unfortunately, motorists can still be negligent no matter how safe you are. Suppose you or a family member sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident during the holidays or any other time of year. In that case, a compassionate St. Pete pedestrian accident lawyer from Tragos, Sartes & Tragos is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary case review. Call (727) 441-9030 or reach out online.