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Summer months increase the risk of pedestrian accidents

Even in the state of Florida where the weather is enjoyable month after month, people have the tendency to spend more time outdoors during the summer season.

With this in mind, summer months increase the risk of pedestrian accidents.

It doesn't matter if you're walking, jogging, running or riding your bike, it's imperative to do whatever you can to remain safe.

Here are some of the most common causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents:

  • Distracted driving, such as when a person is texting when driving in close proximity to pedestrians
  • Reckless driving, including speeding and failure to obey traffic signals and signs
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Failure to signal in advance of making a turn
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Drowsy driving (such as when a person is on a road trip)

These are some of the many mistakes a driver can make that has the potential to cause a pedestrian accident.

As a pedestrian, there are things you can personally do to avoid trouble:

  • Make yourself visible, such as using reflectors on your bicycle when riding at night
  • Cross the street only when the "walk" signal tells you it's okay to do so
  • Never disrupt the flow of traffic, such as by darting into the road
  • Use crosswalks when available
  • Make eye contact with drivers

What to do after an accident

Even if you take all these steps to protect yourself, you could still be struck by a motor vehicle at some point.

There are many steps to take if you are part of a pedestrian-vehicle accident, such as the following:

  • Call for help and stay where you are (you may need a witness to assist you)
  • Follow the advice and guidance of your medical team
  • Don't rush the recovery process, as serious injuries take time to heal
  • Contact your insurance company to see if you have a policy that covers your injuries and other expenses

Also, take the time to learn more about your legal rights. You may find that the driver was acting in a negligent manner, which led to the accident in the first place.

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