Fort Myers Accident Attorneys: Safety Regulator Issues Pedestrian Safety Alert

by Carmen Dellutri on August 23, 2012

Naples personal injury attorneyAs Fort Myers accident attorneys, we want to share a recent pedestrian safety alert issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. It reminds pedestrians of all ages to walk with care – using crosswalks where possible – and also urges drivers to be on the lookout for pedestrians at all times.

The consumer advisory follows a recent spike in pedestrian accidents. As we have previously discussed on this blog, pedestrian accidents are on the rise here in Fort Myers and across the country.

In fact, new NHTSA statistics show 4,280 pedestrians died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010, compared to the 4,109 pedestrian deaths recorded in 2009. Pedestrian deaths in 2010 accounted for 13 percent of all the traffic fatalities and 3 percent of injuries reported during the year.

To prevent pedestrian deaths and injuries, NHTSA offers the following safety recommendations:

For Pedestrians:

  • Walk on a sidewalk or path whenever they are available.
  • Keep alert at all times; don't be distracted by electronic devices, including radios, smart phones and other devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road environment.
  • Be cautious night and day when sharing the road with vehicles. Never assume a driver sees you.
  • Be predictable as a pedestrian. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area, wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Stay off of freeways, restricted-access highways and other pedestrian-prohibited roadways.
  • Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and judgment, too.

For Drivers:

  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
  • Be especially vigilant for pedestrians in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  • Always stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop, too.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They are stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around pedestrians.
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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