4 Tips To Walk Safely In Orlando
The streets of Orlando are chaotic, crowded, and unpredictable for pedestrians. A recent study from Smart Growth America shows that Central Florida is the most dangerous place to walk in the entire United States, beating other areas in Florida and even popular metropolises of New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles. Don’t become just another statistic or victim of a catastrophic accident — know how to navigate the streets safely! Consider these four tips from the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne P.A., personal injury lawyers in Orlando, FL. Our team of experienced lawyers in Central Florida is here to help you avoid a potentially fatal car accident at all costs — contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Look Before You Cross
The age-old tip is simple but most-effective in avoiding injury. Before crossing the street, always look left, right, then left again. Never look down or away while crossing, maintaining constant eye contact with drivers. It’s also helpful to keep in mind that drivers vary in skill and eyesight before deciding to cross the street. Crossing a one-way street? You should still look both ways.
Use Caution At Intersections
Intersections are a hub of activity — for vehicles and pedestrians alike. Drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way, so it’s crucial to maintain eye contact and be seen. If you’re crossing an intersection at night, wear neon or reflective clothing, and make sure to use the flashlight app on your phone if it’s too dark.
Walk On The Sidewalk
Sidewalks were made specifically for pedestrians to walk on — use them whenever possible. If there’s no sidewalk available, hug the edge of the road facing traffic. The key is to avoid the travel lane. If you’re not walking on the sidewalk, always be prepared for an unexpected car accident and walk defensively, meaning be aware of your surroundings.
Put Down The Phone
We live in an age where our noses are in our phones checking the latest tweet, email, text or status update. For your safety and the safety of others, put the phone away until after you’ve crossed the street. No personal injury is worth shooting a text or changing a song. Crossing the street safely requires full attention, especially in a busy intersection.