Naples Pedestrian Safety Becomes More Important During Busy Winter Months

by Carmen Dellutri on January 22, 2013

Florida pedestrian accident injury attorneyAs winter kicks into full swing and the “snowbirds” descend, Naples roadways and sidewalks will become a lot more crowded. Florida’s busy season also means an increased risk for a Naples pedestrian accident.

As two recent pedestrian fatalities in Cape Coral and Fort Myers highlight, pedestrian accidents often result in serious and often life-threatening injuries. Therefore, it is imperative for both drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution and follow the rules of the road.

Below is a quick reminder from the NHTSA:

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 Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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