What Can Pedestrians Do To Reduce Being Hit By A Car When Walking Near A Parking Lot Driveway?

Drivers of cars quickly turn into parking lots from the street, where they are traveling at speeds of over 30 miles per hour. When they pull into a driveway, they typically aren’t thinking about pedestrians or even watching out for them. Sadly, many driveway pedestrian accidents occur because of negligent drivers failing to yield to pedestrians.

Unfortunately, pedestrians will always be vulnerable when walking near moving motor vehicles. Because cars and trucks are bigger and heavier, they can cause serious injuries in the event of a pedestrian accident. Although drivers of moving motor vehicles need to do their part to protect pedestrians and yield to them, pedestrians should also watch out for their own safety.

In order to lower the chances of a driveway pedestrian accident in Florida, here are some safety tips pedestrians can follow:

  • Pay attention
  • Never use headphones or listen to music when walking
  • Don’t be talking on your cell phone or texting while walking
  • Don’t assume just because you are a pedestrian that a driver will see you or stop for you
  • Always walk on sidewalks
  • Walk facing traffic when sidewalks aren’t available
  • Wear bright colored clothing during the day while walking
  • Wear reflective clothing at night and carry a flashlight while walking
  • Look both ways before crossing over a parking lot driveway

If you or a loved one was injured by a careless driver entering a parking lot, you may be entitled to a financial recovery for your damages. To find out more about your rights, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld to speak with a South Florida personal injury lawyer in a free consultation today at [number type=”1″] or [number type=”1″].