When people hear car versus pedestrian crashes, they usually think about vehicle operators doing something wrong, like failing to yield the right of way, speeding, or falling asleep behind the wheel and striking pedestrians. Although it is true that such issues can and do arise, they aren’t the focus here today. Rather, we’re looking at some of the ways pedestrians might cause accidents in Florida.
The hope is that pedestrians across the Sunshine State will be made aware of things they may be doing currently that put them in danger. Then, they’ll be able to make changes to their routines to stay out of harm’s way. So, if you regularly put two feet to the pavement in Florida, please, stick around and read on to learn more.
Walking While Intoxicated
As a society, we’re always told not to drink and drive. However, getting buzzed and attempting to walk down a street can be quite a dangerous game too. Have you ever stumbled after one or more alcoholic beverages? It happens. Thus, if a pedestrian is walking while under the influence, it’s not that hard to see how they might stumble in front of a car on a roadway and get struck.
Entering A Crosswalk At An Inappropriate Time
Floridians who enter crosswalks when signals indicate to wait can also be why pedestrian accidents occur. For example, an individual might get in a hurry, step in front of a vehicle believing it will stop. However, the braking distance wasn’t great enough, so the car strikes them. Then again, another feasible scenario would be for a person lost in a conversation on their phone ignoring traffic signals saying to wait, stepping into a crosswalk and getting hit by a vehicle.
Darting Into A Street
Have you ever been outside, only for the wind to blow something out of your hand, like a ten dollar bill, a receipt, or an important document? The chances are you might not have looked around when you tried to retrieve it. Hopefully, nothing bad came from the event, but darting into a street to collect something before the coast is clear can be a recipe for disaster. That’s because a car could be nearby when you dart and hit you.
Walking In The Street Without Regard For Approaching Traffic
Walking in the street without regard for approaching traffic is also commonly called jaywalking. Some people also often define the term jaywalking as crossing a road unlawfully. According to Legal Dictionary, jaywalking is a severe issue that impacts drivers and pedestrians. It is an activity responsible for more than 6,000 pedestrian accidents each year.
That’s why pedestrians should cross as directed at crossing zones. Of course, that may not always be possible, though. So, if you find yourself in such a predicament, ensure that you cross the street in a way that does not impede traffic.
Walking On A Street In Dark Clothing
Walking on a street or highway in dark clothing can be a recipe for disaster, especially if it’s dark outside. A driver may not be able to spot you in the darkness, hitting you with their car. Thus, if you know you’ll be out and about walking with the moon and stars, make it a point to wear bright clothing. But of course, walking isn’t always planned. For example, a car could breakdown, forcing the driver to walk for help. Hence, it’s a good idea for vehicle owners to keep flashlights and fluorescent vests in their emergency kits.
Some Final Thoughts
Have you been injured in a pedestrian crash by someone’s negligence? If so, you might have the grounds to seek compensation for your damages. Contact us to learn more today.