How Pedestrians Can Avoid Injury in Crosswalk Accidents
We have written quite a bit about the dangers to pedestrians crossing streets legally in crosswalks. Pedestrians are actually in greater peril in crosswalks than almost anywhere else. Just being in the right is not enough to ensure safety. So if you are a frequent walker, what can you do to stay safe?
First, always be mindful of the fact that drivers cannot be relied on to stop in time and act accordingly. You should not cross while absorbed in a conversation with a walking partner or talking on a cell phone. If the conversation can’t wait, let the crossing wait until you can give it your full attention.
Look carefully in all directions before stepping into the crosswalk, even if there is a signal that says you may walk. Look to the left, the right, and then back to the left again. Start by putting one foot into the crosswalk and extending your arm to signal that you are going to cross. Do not continue until you see that all cars have stopped. Keep looking as you cross. Be especially aware of vehicles that are turning. As you pass each stopped vehicle, look into the next lane you will be crossing to make sure there are no moving vehicles approaching. Try to make eye contact with drivers of stopped or approaching vehicles. Acknowledge them with a polite nod or a wave.
On the average, six pedestrians are severely injured every day in Florida, and ten pedestrians are killed in the average week. The majority of pedestrians are crossing a street when hit by a car. So remember, even though you have the right of way when legally in a crosswalk, it is more important to be safe than to be right!
If you’ve been injured in a crosswalk accident, Clearwater pedestrian accident attorney Jim Dodson gives additional information on pedestrian accidents with a free no-obligation consultation. To learn more about your Florida case call us toll free at 1.888.340.0840.
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