A USF student died after getting by a car the other day. A few days earlier, an elderly person dies after being hit by a car. Simply, too many many are dying or getting injured as pedestrians. All involved need to be more careful.
Walkers should do the following:
- Cross at the corner or at an intersection.
- Stop at the edge of parked cares, the curb or other vehicles before proceeding on the road.
- Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT for moving cars--THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT!!
- Cross when clear, and keep looking left and right.
- Walk, don't run or dart, into the street.
- Look that the tires of cars close to you--if they are moving, get out of the way.
- Walk alertly. Use your eyes and your ears to increase your safety. Take the headphones out of your ears!!
Drivers should know that even if the walker is not in a crosswalk, you have a duty to stop and yield the right of way to the pedestrian. Remember, being hit by a car while you are in a car is bad enough; being hit by a car without added protection often proves deadly.
If you or a loved one is hit by a car, it is important that you talk with an attorney before talking to the insurance companies. Insurance companies have attorneys; so should you! Obtain a free case consultation with Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes before talking with the insurance companies.