If you live in a house, it’s a pretty normal occurrence to be out cutting the grass, especially during the summer season. Do you ever think about your risks for a pedestrian accident during this time?
A Sarasota woman wasn’t thinking about it either when she was hit by a car while mowing her grass. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was mowing the grass on a median across the street from her home when she was hit by a passing vehicle. She died in the accident. The Republic reports that charges are pending on the driver involved in the accident.
The truth of the matter is that many residents spend time outside, whether it’s mowing the lawn, playing with kids in the yard or taking a stroll or a bike ride to get some healthy exercise. Whenever you’re near motor vehicle traffic, you’ve got to keep in mind the risks for an accident. Other travelers may not be looking out for you. You’ve got to fend for yourself out there!
Our Lake Worth pedestrian accident attorneys understand that Florida was ranked as the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians and bicyclists need to always be aware of nearby motor vehicle traffic. You can’t rely on the driving habits of others to keep you safe. You’ve got to take the necessary safety precautions and practice your safest and most alert traveling habits to stay safe out there.
Luckily, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is here to offer you some pedestrian tips to help keep you safe.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
-If you have to cross the street, make sure that you do so by using a crosswalk or by crossing at a street corner.
-Stay off of the part of the road that’s used for vehicular traffic.
-Avoid walking after it gets dark. Motorists are less likely to see you during this time.
-If you’re out walking while the sun is setting or as it’s rising. Make sure that you wear brightly-colored clothing and reflective materials to help motorists to see you better. You should also carry a flashlight during this time, too.
-Never allow small children to walk near traffic alone. Always supervise children playing outside.
-Remember that a pedestrian may not cross an intersection diagonally except where and when crossing is authorized by official traffic control devices.
-Avoid playing on your cell phone or listening to music while walking. You want to keep all of your attention on the road and on your surroundings.
-Walk facing oncoming traffic if there’s no sidewalk available. Stay as far away from traffic as you can.
Regardless of why you’re walking outside, if you’re doing it then you need to be safe and aware of your surroundings. Accidents, especially with motor vehicle traffic, can strike at any time. Be on the lookout to help to keep yourself safe out there.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact Freeman, Mallard, Gonzalez & Sharp to discuss your case. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-561-7777.
More Blog Entries:
Accident on the Florida Turnpike Kills Pedestrian, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, July 4, 2012
Pedestrian Accident in St. Lucie County Leaves Young Pedestrian Dead, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, June 16, 2012