Be Cautious of Pedestrians

May 24, 2012

Spinner Law Firm understands that our local beaches are one of the areas hottest spots to visit.  It can also be one of the most dangerous spots in the area.  During this time of year we’ve got visitors from all over the country making this their vacation destination.  We’ve also got all of the locals enjoying their time away from work, soaking up some sun, catching some waves and hitting all of the hot spots.

Unfortunately, with good times come large crowds and increased risks for accidents, especially pedestrian accidents.  Drivers are asked to be especially cautious and alert when driving along our beach and in other areas where pedestrians are likely to be found, like in school zones and in residential neighborhoods.  Safe and alert driving habits can help to preserve the safety of our area’s on-foot travelers.

To help to keep pedestrians safe on our roadways, walkers are urged follow these safety tips from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV):

-Always walk on sidewalks when they’re available.

-Only cross the street at crosswalks or at intersections.  Jaywalking is dangerous!

-Dress so that motorists can see you.  Wear bright-colored clothing.  If you’re traveling at night, consider wearing reflective materials or carrying a flash light.

-Avoid walking while engaging in distractions.  Put down the phone and take off the headphones.  Pay attention to what’s going on around you.

-Always follow the pedestrian signal, not the overhead traffic light, when crossing at lighted intersections.

-Always make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street.

-Always walk predictably.  Stay away from fast-traveling traffic.

-When there are no sidewalks available, walk facing road traffic.

-Avoid walking under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Spinner Law Firm is a law firm that is committed to assisting those who have been the victims of accidents in the Wesley Chapel, Tampa area. Call us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

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