As the nickname the “sunshine state” implies, Florida benefits from a warm climate for much of the year. As a result, residents and tourists often choose to get around on foot rather than driving.
Unfortunately, there can be a downside to so many people traveling at the same time, especially in built up areas like Miami. Pedestrians and vehicle users crossing paths can often lead to catastrophic accidents. In fact, according to Smart Growth America, more pedestrians were killed in Florida vehicle accidents than any other state between 2010 and 2019.
Consequently, it is important to examine ways that both drivers and pedestrians can keep themselves safe.
How can drivers prevent accidents involving pedestrians?
As a result of modern technology, drivers are frequently subjected to distractions while on the road. For example, it may be tempting to change the radio station or respond to mobile phone alerts. However, one glance off the road could lead to a collision with a pedestrian.
When pushed for time, drivers may be also be tempted to overtake a bus that is in a stationary position. However, it is highly likely that the bus is offloading passengers, leading to a potential and sudden increase of pedestrians. Drivers should always be especially vigilant when passing a stationary vehicle.
What can pedestrians do to prevent accidents?
Pedestrians also have their part to play in keeping people safe. One useful method is to wear bright and reflective clothing, especially at nighttime. This will ensure that drivers are much more likely to spot them which negates the risk of collision.
As with drivers, pedestrians, too, can fall afoul to distractions because of modern technology. Being distracted by cellphones or loud music means that less attention is being paid to potential dangers in the surrounding environment. A distracted pedestrian could fail to notice an oncoming vehicle, which heightens the risk of an accident.
Familiarizing yourself with safety measures as a pedestrian and motorist is in your best interests. However, if you are unfortunate enough to have been in an accident, there are legal options available to you.