Miami Pedestrian Safety Tips By Tod Aronovitz | 08/21/18 | 0 Comment

pedestrian safetyIt is dangerous to be a pedestrian regardless of where you live. However, Miami is one of the most dangerous places in the country to be a pedestrian. There are several steps that you will need to take to protect yourself if you are a pedestrian.

Avoid Distractions 

There has been a lot of emphasis placed on the importance of avoiding distracted driving. However, it can be just as dangerous to be distracted while you are walking. Cell phones are one of the main distractions for pedestrians. You should keep the phone out of your hand while you are walking. It is also a good idea to keep ear buds out of your ears and head phones off while you are walking especially in high traffic areas. You will not be able to hear the oncoming vehicles.

Walk in Safe Places 

It is best for you to stick to walking on the available sidewalks. If the area does not have a sidewalk, then you should avoid walking in that area if there is a lot of traffic. Cross the street at crosswalks. Use pedestrian bridges if they are available.

Don’t Assume That Vehicles Will Yield 

Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. However, you should not assume that the driver will stop just because you have the right of way. You should look both ways and make contact with the driver before you cross the street. This is especially true today when so many drivers are on their phones talking, texting or sometimes viewing pictures or videos.

Wear Bright Clothing 

Many pedestrians are hit because the driver cannot see them. That is why it is important for you to wear bright clothing at night. You may also want to wear reflective tape if you’re out for a walk or run.

What to do if You are Hit 

You will need the help of Miami personal injury lawyers if you have been hit. Aronovitz Law can help you and will review your case. A Miami pedestrian accident attorney at Aronovitz Law will make sure that you are fairly compensated. Our accident attorneys in Miami are here to help you.