Top 7 Pedestrian Safety Tips Around Traffic
The St. Petersburg Times recently filed a report of another victim of a hit and run which seems to occur all too frequently in the greater Clearwater area. A driver who doesn’t stop to help and accept responsibility for their part in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident commits an unspeakable act. Hit and run victims often die or suffer serious injuries, leaving grieving family members to question – why anyone would injure, or kill someone, and just leave?
Under Florida Law, drivers have a legal responsibility to stop and exchange information following an accident involving personal injury or property damage; this includes drivers who hit pedestrians. It is known as the ‘Duty to Give Information and Render Aid.’ A driver who leaves the scene of an accident with injury in Florida faces serious criminal charges.
Nationally, police say 4 in 5 drivers who flee the scene of an accident have something to hide: drunk driving, bad licenses, outstanding warrants or no insurance. The reality is hit and runs killed 1,557 people in the U.S. in 2003. And 1 in 5 pedestrians who die in fatal accidents involve hit and run drivers.
Being an alert pedestrian is the best way to avoid becoming a hit and run victim.
Top 7 Pedestrian Safety Tips Around traffic:
- Obey traffic signals
- Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street, even when in a crosswalk
- Watch for turning vehicles when crossing
- Remain alert and aware of cars as they approach and pass you
- Do not assume drivers see you because you see them
- When sidewalks are not present, walk as far away from the roadway as possible
- If walking at night wear retro reflective and light-colored clothing
Seeking compensation against a negligent driver in a hit and run requires the assistance of a lawyer, one who understands how to find insurance coverage that may apply to pay for injuries suffered by a pedestrian.
Contact a Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyer who is committed to holding irresponsible drivers accountable when they DO NOT:
- Obey traffic lights or stop signs
- Understand green lights are for walkers too
- Stop at crosswalks
- Look before making right turns
- Yield right of way to pedestrians
- Follow posted speed limits in residential areas
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