Tips for Avoiding Pedestrian-Car Accidents
When you are on foot, you are as vulnerable as you can be to traffic accidents. Without the metal shell that motorists have to protect them from the brunt of an impact, your body absorbs the full blow of the impact. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help you stay safe out there. If you are injured by a negligent motorist in a pedestrian-car accident, it’s time to consult with an experienced Tampa personal injury attorney.
Pedestrian-Car Accidents Happen
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds us that we’re all pedestrians at least some of the time and shares the following sobering statistics related to pedestrian-car accidents:
- In 2018, there was a more than 3 percent increase in the number of fatal pedestrian-car accidents.
- There were 6,283 pedestrian fatalities in 2018, and this is the highest number since 1990.
Pedestrian-car accidents are on the rise, which makes it that much more important to know and adhere to safe pedestrian practices.
The Pedestrian Safety Basics
Motorists are responsible for sharing the road safely with pedestrians in their midst, but driver negligence is often at the heart of serious pedestrian-car accidents. When you’re on foot, always put safety first by implementing the following safety tips (as forwarded by NHTSA):
- Walk predictably by obeying all pedestrian signs and signals and following the pedestrian rules of the road.
- One of the most important safety basics for pedestrians is simply making yourself more visible, which entails wearing bright clothing during the day and wearing an outer layer of reflective material and/or using a flashlight at night.
- Make walking on sidewalks your first choice – whenever they’re available – and if a sidewalk isn’t available, walk facing oncoming traffic and as far away from that traffic as you possibly can.
- Remain alert to what’s going on around you. Distractions such as headphones and phones are dangerous. You need to train your eyes and your thoughts on the business at hand, which is walking safely to your destination.
- Always cross at crosswalks if it’s at all possible. This is where drivers expect you to cross, and this is an important part of being a predictable pedestrian. When you do cross, be careful not only to follow all pedestrian signals provided but also to look for oncoming cars (from every direction, including those that may be turning left or right into your crosswalk).
- Don’t assume that the driver who’s supposed to stop to allow you to cross sees you – make eye contact before crossing.
- If no crosswalk is available, find a well-lit spot where you have a clear view of traffic and cross only when you identify a large enough gap in traffic to allow for your safe passage.
- Pay attention to cars entering and exiting driveways, parking spots, entrances and exits, and alleyways.
Don’t Wait to Call an Experienced Tampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The Tampa pedestrian accident attorneys at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos are committed to skillfully applying the full force of their impressive experience to your pedestrian-car accident claim. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 813-223-6405 today.