Just the thought of being hit by a motor vehicle while walking along city streets in Florida can be quite frightening. Unfortunately, pedestrians in Fort Lauderdale and all throughout Florida are injured or killed in accidents on a routine basis. In fact, pedestrian collisions are typically included when listing some of the most fatal types of accidents, along with bike accidents, head-on crashes and rollovers.
Most of us are aware that drivers in motor vehicles have a responsibility to pay attention to everyone — even pedestrians — who are sharing the roadway. Still, it is just as important for pedestrians to remain alert and cautious as well. Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney, David I. Fuchs, wants everyone to be as safe as possible. If you or someone you love has been injured, do not hesitate to contact David Fuchs and his team to discuss your legal options.
Some may not realize that pedestrians, just like motorists, have rules to follow. For example, under Florida law, pedestrians are required to walk on sidewalks where they are provided — not on the actual roadway. In cases where no sidewalks are provided, pedestrians are allowed to walk on the road; however, they should always walk on the left shoulder in the direction of oncoming traffic. This is important because pedestrians and drivers who face each other on the road will likely be much more aware of each other’s existence, thus reducing the probability of an accident occurring.
Additionally, pedestrians who are not part of roadway maintenance crews or government personnel are not permitted to walk on freeways/highways with limited access or ramps that connect limited access highways/freeways to other roadways.
Most people have a clear understanding that pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked crosswalks. However, it is important to note that those walking or crossing a roadway at any other point are required to yield the right-of-way to all motor vehicles. Moreover, to stay safe, pedestrians are encouraged to look left, right and left again prior to walking.
Pedestrians often learn the hard way that, even if they have the right-of-way, all drivers will not stop or yield. Drivers can be distracted such that they may not even see a pedestrian until it’s too late. That said, pedestrians should be sure to make actual eye contact with drivers prior to crossing the street — that way, they can be sure the driver has seen them.
In an effort to stay as safe as possible, pedestrians are encouraged to make themselves highly visible by wearing light-colored clothing, and if walking at night, wearing reflective materials. Additionally, wearing headphones is not advisable since they may hinder a pedestrian’s ability to hear street noise and/or vehicle horns. Remaining alert is key when walking along roadways, so be sure to follow the rules and pay close attention to your surroundings.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash, let The Law Offices of David I. Fuchs help you get the justice you deserve.