Damian Mallard, Esq.
In a recent article we wrote about pedestrian accidents in Sarasota occurring from driver error, but not all pedestrian injuries happen from driver negligence or recklessness. In fact, people on foot can sometimes help themselves avoid being struck by a car.
When pedestrians do not exercise caution before stepping out into the road, their chances of being hurt in a pedestrian accident in Florida get higher. The following list is an example of pedestrian errors that increase a pedestrian’s risk of being struck by a car:
- Jaywalking – pedestrians who cross the street outside of a crosswalk put themselves in danger. When people cross the road at an unexpected location, drivers of motor vehicles may not be prepared to see a person in the street at that specific location, which can increase the risk of injury.
- Ignoring pedestrian controls – pedestrians sometimes walk when the traffic control says don’t walk. The controls were set up for pedestrian safety and should be followed so that pedestrians can cross the roadway safely. When pedestrians ignore traffic controls, pedestrian accidents can occur.
- Parent chasing child – adults often run out into the street after their children to protect them from traffic but fail to look for approaching cars before stepping out into the street. Drivers of cars passing by may not only hit the child but the parent too.
This list is not comprehensive, but it gives you an understanding of how pedestrians can limit their risks of a pedestrian accident and injury. If you were hurt in a Sarasota pedestrian accident due to a driver’s fault please call the Mallard Law Firm to learn about your rights at (888) 409-3805 and receive a free, no-obligation consultation today.
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