Pedestrian deaths are increasing. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian deaths are expected to account for fifteen percent of traffic fatalities. This will be the largest year-to-year increase in pedestrian deaths since 1975. The expected increase would bring pedestrian deaths to the highest total since 1996, when 5,449 pedestrian fatalities were reported.
The reason behind this significant increase is due to the fact that people—both pedestrians and drivers—are distracted by their cell phones or some other device. In addition, more Americans are walking for health and environmental reasons. It is no secret that distracted driving is extremely dangerous; however, it is important for pedestrians to also realize that using a cell phone while walking can also be a deadly risk.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
Accordingly, it is important now more than ever to become mindful on how to stay safe. AAA has offered the following tips for pedestrians:
- Stay alert and avoid headphones: Headphones can block out traffic noise, which can provide clues about a pedestrian’s surroundings.
- Follow the road rules: Be knowledgeable and comply with about all traffic rules, signs, and signals.
- Never assume a driver will give you the right of way: Attempt to make eye contact with a driver before entering the roadway.
- Walk in safe places and use crosswalks: If there isn’t a crosswalk, find a well-lit spot on the road and cross there. Also, stay on the sidewalks, if possible.
Experienced Tampa Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured as a pedestrian in a car or bicycle accident, contact the Capaz Law Firm to speak with one of our qualified Tampa injury accident lawyers. Our experienced accident attorneys will work hard to get you the best results, while handling your case from the initial investigation through trial, if necessary. Contact the Capaz Law Firm at 813-440-2700 to schedule a legal consultation.