Pedestrians and bicyclists in Florida face multiple safety challenges, and the fact that they have no protection in the event of a crash makes them even more vulnerable. These road users can take precautions to limit the chances of suffering personal injury in an accident. The fact that cyclists and pedestrians are often hard to see — especially by drivers of large vehicles such as buses or big rigs — pose the most significant danger.
Walking or driving in the blind spots of drivers is dangerous, and it might be wise to remember that only when they can see a driver in the vehicle’s side view mirror can the driver see them. Avoiding the areas close to all four sides of large vehicles might prevent harm. Semis and buses need more space to make a turn, and pedestrians and cyclists must never move into the area between such a vehicle and the curb, or they risk being struck when the vehicle completes the turn.
Heavy vehicles need more space than passenger cars to come to a halt, making it dangerous to cross the road in front of a big rig or cut in too closely when passing a truck on a bicycle. Also, walking or cycling while impaired is as dangerous as drunk driving, and the same goes for distractions. People should avoid using mobile phones or other devices that will affect alertness when lives depend on it. Wearing reflective clothing might make pedestrians and cyclists more visible to vehicle operators.
Unfortunately, accidents might occur despite all the precautions taken and compliance with traffic rules. However, if a negligent driver strikes a pedestrian or cyclist, financial relief might be obtainable. An experienced Florida personal injury attorney can determine the viability of a civil lawsuit and provide the necessary support and guidance throughout legal proceedings in pursuit of recovery of economic and noneconomic damages.