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3 goals can help pedestrians avoid being hit by a car

At least three cars hit a 35-year-old pedestrian as she tried to cross a street in Tallahassee. The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. when visibility was low.

Media reports indicate the pedestrian was not using a crosswalk, and that drivers frequently speed through the area. None of the drivers involved in the collisions were injured, although the pedestrian died at the scene.

Many collisions between cars and pedestrians are preventable

Tragedies like this are often preventable and can be harrowing reminders to always practice safe habits when driving or walking. When a car and a pedestrian collide, it is common for the pedestrian to receive serious or fatal injuries from the impact. Pedestrians simply do not have the same physical protection on the roadways as motorists have. With this in mind, it can be especially important for pedestrians to be as safe as possible when walking.

There are many pedestrian safety tips to keep in mind. However, most of them can be summarized in just three goals. When you are walking, aspire to be:

  • Visible
  • Predictable
  • Alert

What does it mean to be visible, predictable and alert?

You can be visible by wearing bright-colored clothing when it is light outside and light or reflective clothing when it is dark outside. You can also be visible by walking in areas where there are streetlamps and crossing the street only when you are sure drivers see you.

Being predictable to drivers is important because drivers are better prepared to avoid a collision when they expect to see a pedestrian. You can be predictable by walking on the sidewalk when possible, and walking facing traffic when a sidewalk is not available. You can also be predictable by crossing at the crosswalk when one is available and at a visible intersection when one is not. It can be dangerous to dart out into traffic, cross from behind a parked car or stumble off the curb into the street.

Many pedestrians do not realize that they, like motorists, need to be alert when traveling. This means giving full attention to your surroundings as you walk. Looking down at a phone or listening to music could prevent you from seeing or hearing oncoming hazards, so it is usually safest to avoid texting, talking on the phone or listening to music while you walk.

Everyone who uses the road has a responsibility to behave safely. If a driver’s reckless actions cause you serious injuries, it may be reasonable to hold the driver accountable. When a car hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian’s injuries can be life-altering. However, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses and other related costs, so you can have your best chance at recovery.

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