Florida is one of the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians. In fact, in the year 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 501 pedestrian fatalities in the state of Florida. Even if you do not walk all the time, knowing how to keep yourself safe is important. If you will be walking, here are three things that you can do to improve pedestrian safety.
1. Know Crosswalk and Traffic Laws
Familiarizing yourself with pedestrian laws is an important part of being safe while walking in Florida. According to 2015 Florida Statutes section 316.130, pedestrian laws that you should always following include those listed below.
- Walking on the sidewalk when provided.
- Follow the directions of traffic control signals at intersections.
- Walk on the left side of the highway, in the direction of traffic, when sidewalks are not available.
- Cross at crosswalks.
- Yield to drivers when crossing streets if traffic control signals indicate to do so.
Remember, just because you may have the right-of-way at a crosswalk does not mean that other vehicles will stop. Before crossing, make sure drivers have come to a complete stop and have acknowledged your presence. Making eye contact with drivers is a great way to ensure that they see you.
2. Wear Bright Colors
To improve your visibility and help the drivers of motor vehicles to be able to see you, it is recommended that you wear bright colors. Florescent colors, like bright yellow, are better than dark colors, and are better than just plain white at improving visibility. You can also carry a flashlight if you are walking at night, and wear reflective gear or tape to help improve your visibility.
3. Commit to Walking Distraction-Free
Walking while distracted can be a very dangerous thing to do. Commit to putting music players, smartphones, and any other distracting devices away. When your eyes are down looking at your phone, or when you cannot hear properly, you may be unable to see or hear an oncoming vehicle, increasing your risk of an accident.
Call a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
If you have been in a pedestrian accident in Florida, contact a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. Serving the Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas, the team at the Montero Law Center is ready to advocate on your behalf. Contact us today at 954-767-6500 for a free consultation.