Walking is an excellent way to stay in shape and to get where you want to go in Miami. Unfortunatley, it can also be dangerous for pedestrians. Distracted drivers are always on the roads, and they make traveling more dangerous for everyone. In fact, 3,142 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2019.
Distracted driving happens for many reasons. Some of the most common causes that affect people involved in crashes include:
- Talking on a cellphone
- Talking to passengers
- Eating and drinking
- Changing the radio station
- Driving while in emotional distress
All of these causes of distracted driving make drivers more dangerous on the roads. Even if they think they’re paying attention well, the likelihood is that they are not paying close attention and will make a mistake.
What can pedestrians do to protect themselves against distracted drivers?
Pedestrians can take a few steps to protect themselves, such as:
- Looking both ways before crossing, even when crossing at an intersection. Even if you have a WALK signal, a distracted driver may run a stop sign or red light, make a sudden turn or not stop before the crosswalk. Always check both ways before entering the crosswalk.
- Traveling in groups. When you walk with multiple people, there is a much lower risk of getting hit. Why? Larger groups are easier to see and draw more attention. Larger groups are also more likely to recognize hazards and to prevent others from walking out in front of vehicles.
- Wearing bright colors. Stand out if you want to avoid getting hit. Reflective, light-colored attire may catch more attention than darker clothing.
- Make noise and eye contact. If you see a driver approaching and you have the right to cross, make eye contact. If they don’t see you, wave and make noise. Don’t cross out in front of a driver who doesn’t acknowledge you.
These are a few good tips to help you protect yourself if you plan to walk on or around Miami’s roads. Distracted drivers are a hazard and do cause crashes regularly. If you are hit, remember that you can hold the driver accountable for their reckless behavior.