When people walk to work, the beach, the store, or most any other place, they generally walk to their destinations between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, pedestrians are at the highest risk for injury between those times, and the majority of pedestrian accidents happen between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., when traffic increases on the roads.
Although the majority of pedestrian accidents in Florida are caused by negligent drivers speeding, running red lights, texting while driving, participating in other distractions at the wheel, not paying attention, or by intoxicated drivers, pedestrians can also help or hinder their chances of being injured in a pedestrian accident.
What You Do Between the Hours of 3:00 and 6:00 PM Can Change Your Life
Because traffic increases during these times, pedestrians should be more mindful of traffic lights, road rules, and watch out for carless drivers to reduce their chances of being injured. Pedestrians have been known to cross the street outside of crosswalks, step out onto the street before the light changes, text while walking, and not follow pedestrian traffic signals. Especially between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., pedestrians should:
- Always cross in a crosswalk
- Make eye contact with a turning driver before stepping off the curb
- Never text and walk simultaneously
- Not listen to music while walking
- Wear bright clothing
- Follow the pedestrian traffic signals
Even though some pedestrians are at fault in accidents, most pedestrians are injured by careless drivers who need to pay more attention while driving. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in Sarasota, call the injury lawyers at the Mallard Law Firm for a free consultation today at 888-409-3805.