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Taking a
summer walk may not be a good idea

Taking a
summer walk may not be a good idea

By: Jason Neufeld
Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

South Florida has become one of the most popular destinations for summer vacationers. The month of July is a busy month for hotels in the paradisiacal region. Besides having to deal with disoriented tourists in the streets, locals also have to mingle in the already crowded city. Pedestrians particularly face many dangers when walking our roadways. Although walking is great for your overall health, it can also cost your life if you get involved in a pedestrian accident. If this ever happens to you or a loved one, contact an Aventura pedestrian accident lawyer.

More vulnerable

As a pedestrian you have little or no protection. Children, and people in wheelchairs are particularly vulnerable. An average of 40 people are treated each day due to pedestrian-related injuries. With such alarming statistics, it’s important you keep you and your family safe by learning about the common risks and following a few safety tips.

General safety tips

  • Try crossing the street at an intersection or crosswalk.
  • If you are walking at night carry a flashlight or wear retroreflective clothes.
  • Whenever possible, walk on the sidewalk or facing traffic.
  • Stay away from distractions such as cell phones, listening to music, etc.

Children pedestrian safety

Children are more vulnerable to pedestrian accidents. It’s important they walk and cross our roads with adult supervision. You may want to understand a few things before heading outdoors with your child:

  • Explain your kids that traffic is dangerous.
  • Try using the safest crossing sites and when you cross a road don’t stop unless an unexpected car is coming.
  • Stop at the edge of every road and look in all directions before crossing the street.
  • Cross only when there are no cars coming but still look if there is any vehicle that may have missed the light.
  • Understand that keeping your children’s toys, your phone, or any other distraction can save your lives as you will be more aware of your surroundings.

Teen pedestrians

Teens are generally distracted by mobile devices. Whether playing a game, listening to music, or chatting with a friend, these are distractions your teen should avoid. Most teen pedestrian accidents occur between 7pm and 7am, which means is pretty dark. If your teen wants to hang out with friends or needs to run some errands, advise him or her to never get into dangerous situations and stay in well-lit areas. When crossing the road, look in every direction. Wear a helmet or something fluorescence when cycling.

Be safe and have fun

It’s possible being safe and having fun at the same time. Don’t allow a pedestrian accident spoil your summer fun. Seek prompt medical attention and reach out to a personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident. Victims of such accidents may be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in the accident. You will never know your rights unless you ask. Call today and contact us to chedule your initial case evaluation.