You should feel safer walking down a sidewalk than driving a car. After all, you are away from traffic and are protected by the raised pavement under your feet. But you only have to open any newspaper on any day to read about pedestrians involved in traffic accidents. If you want to avoid being part of that report in Martin County, Florida, follow a few simple guidelines.
- Always remain visible. Many accidents happen because drivers don't see the much smaller silhouettes of walkers. Remain predictable in your actions. For example, don't suddenly dart behind a truck that's backing up because you won't be seen. Cross a street or driveway only after you catch the eye of the driver in the car that's about to cross your path.
- Obey traffic laws. You cannot expect driver to follow rules and regulations if you're allowed to ignore them. Remain on sidewalks when walking. Cross the street only at marked areas and only when the light is green. If you must walk on the road, go against traffic, so you can see approaching traffic.
- Take extra precautions at night where you are practically invisible in the dark. Walk only in well-lighted areas. Wear light colors or clothing that reflects the lights of cars. If you have to walk in unlighted areas, carry a flashlight, preferably with a flash mode. Keep the light on until you reach brighter areas.
You may be involved in an accident even if you follow all these tips. If so, please contact us right away. We want to be your Martin County personal injury attorney.