Pedestrians and bicyclists often share the road with motor vehicles, which is precisely why there are specific laws and regulations in place to protect both parties. Unfortunately, not everybody is aware of these traffic laws, and pedestrian accidents continue to occur throughout the state of Florida daily.
In fact, pedestrian accidents are among the most common and fatal types of traffic accidents. Whether you’re a pedestrian or a motorist, these tips can help you remain safer on the road.
Tips for Avoiding an Accident
As a pedestrian or cyclist, there are some specific steps you should follow (aside from following state laws) to help reduce your chances of being injured in an accident. For starters, if you’re going to be out at night or in conditions where visibility may be hindered for motorists, be sure to wear bright colors and reflective material to make yourself more visible.
Furthermore, you should always remain alert while sharing the road with motorists. Listening to music through headphones or talking on the phone could prevent you from hearing traffic noises and could, therefore, put you at greater risk.
If You’ve Been Injured
If you’re a pedestrian or cyclist who has been injured in a traffic accident, make sure you know your rights. If you have accumulated medical bills or other expenses as a result of your accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation, but you will need to act quickly. The best thing you can do is to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer who has worked with cases similar to yours in the past.
At Ginnis & Krathen, PA, we can assist you with the legal process surrounding your personal injury case, providing you with valuable guidance and representation along the way. Contact us today to set up your free case evaluation and find out more about what our legal team can do for you.