According to the NHTSA, Florida has had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the country since 2010. This is a rather disturbing fact; residents and drivers must take better measures to protect the lives of the people of Florida. Here are some of the dangers that pedestrians face and what you can do to stay safe while walking.
The dangers pedestrians face in Florida
Many car accidents occur at intersections where drivers fail to yield to pedestrians’ right of way. Once your feet are inside the crossroad, the driver must stop their car to let you pass. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, more than 60% of pedestrian deaths in the state occur on roads without sidewalks. This forces pedestrians to risk their lives by walking on a road that may have negligent drivers.
How to protect yourself
Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert while walking. You should also try to make yourself visible to drivers by wearing bright colors or using a flashlight at night. If you have to cross the street, do so in a well-lit area and at an intersection where traffic is stopped for you.
When crossing at an intersection, make sure that cars are stopped, and there isn’t any oncoming traffic approaching the crosswalk. If there is, wait until it clears before stepping out into the street or try walking along a different path.
What you should do in the event of an accident
The law requires all drivers to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection benefits in case of an accident. This insurance will cover medical expenses and lost wages for the injured individual regardless of the person at fault. However, if you are hurt beyond the injury threshold, such as significant disfigurement or scarring, permanent disability, or loss of bodily function, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit to cover the extra medical expenses as well pain and suffering.
Remember to always be cautious when walking near or on roads. If you do get into an accident, it’s your right to file a claim to get the compensation you deserve.