Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious and sometimes life-altering injuries. In 2022, there were nearly 10,000 pedestrian accidents in Florida with more than 750 fatalities. Most of the Tampa area supports pedestrian access to amenities and necessities, resulting in a lot of pedestrian traffic.
Before you step out for your next walk, consider some best practices for pedestrian safety to reduce your risk of injury.
Practice proper etiquette when crossing streets
Cross at designated crosswalks whenever possible so that you can use the crossing indicators for safe traveling. Do not assume you are clear to walk even when the signal indicates it. Instead, yield to the cars and only cross when they are clearly stopping.
Dress for visibility if you are walking
Reflective or brightly colored clothing improves visibility so drivers are less likely to overlook you on the side of the road or in the crosswalk. Walking at night adds more safety concerns. Consider wearing a reflective vest, glow stick bracelets or other illuminating additions so you are visible.
Choose unobstructed areas to cross the street
When you enter the roadway from the sidewalk, do so where there is an unobstructed view. Drivers will have a harder time spotting you if you walk between parked cars. Choose intersections or clear roadside areas to cross so that drivers can clearly see you.
Pedestrian accidents are more common than many people realize. A few key considerations before crossing the street can help drivers see you, keep you safer and reduce the risk of injuries.