Michael Damaso / 09-11-2022 / Pedestrian Accident

6 Tips to Stay Safe as a Pedestrian in Florida

Whether you are exercising, walking to work or school, or picking up a few items from a local shop, Orlando’s streets can be full of dangers for pedestrians. In an instant, a negligent driver can drastically alter the life of a pedestrian and cause catastrophic injuries. While it is impossible to control a driver’s actions, there are several steps pedestrians can take to maximize their safety on the road. 

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Orlando, you need a dedicated pedestrian accident attorney in your corner. At Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso, & Dennis, P.A., our attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping victims in Orlando and the surrounding areas get back on their feet after an accident. We have over 100 years of combined experience in Florida personal injury law and are ready to apply our knowledge and skills to your case. 


How to Protect Yourself as a Florida Pedestrian

While you cannot control a negligent driver’s actions, several steps can be taken to protect yourself as a pedestrian. In honor of National Pedestrian Safety Month, we have gathered the six best tips for staying vigilant while walking Florida’s scenic streets. 

Ensure You Are Seen

Unfortunately, drivers cannot avoid pedestrians they cannot see. To increase your visibility, make eye contact with drivers as they pass. If you walk at night, wear bright or reflective clothing and stay in well-lit areas. 

Only Cross at Intersections or Crosswalks

Most drivers know they can expect to see pedestrians at intersections and crosswalks and act accordingly. When a pedestrian jaywalks, drivers may not expect them and not react in time to avoid an accident. Intersections also allow the drivers and pedestrians a wide field of view to look in all directions before moving. 

Watch for Turning Vehicles

Take notice of any cars turning into the street you are crossing. The driver will likely look for oncoming traffic and may not see you. If you are walking down a sidewalk near a driveway, be wary of cars making right turns and ensure you are seen. 

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Listening to music, texting, or talking on the phone while walking down a roadway can be life-threatening. Keep your eyes and ears open to any traffic hazards. Distracted pedestrians often walk into the road and put their lives at risk. 

Avoid Drinking Alcohol and Walking Near High-Traffic Areas

While drinking and driving is never acceptable, drinking and walking can also result in severe injuries. Alcohol can drastically impact your decision-making skills and may cause you to walk into traffic or endanger others. 

Obey Traffic Signals

If traffic is slow, it may be tempting to cross an intersection while the “don’t walk” signal is on. However, cars travel much faster than you do and may approach while you are in the middle of the intersection. Walking when the signal says it is okay guarantees you the right-of-way and lowers the risk of being struck by a vehicle. 


Contact a Dependable Orlando Pedestrian Accident Attorney

A driver may behave recklessly despite your best efforts, causing a collision and severe injuries. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Orlando, do not hesitate to call the experienced attorneys at Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso, & Dennis, P.A. Our skilled legal team is dedicated to tailoring their approach to every case to ensure their clients’ unique needs are met. To schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you, call us today at (407) 843-7060 or complete our contact form.

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