There are many different ways to get around Tampa, Florida. Some people drive to work every day, while others walk and cycle. For the most part, cars, cyclists and pedestrians have their own designated areas to operate in, but there are times when they will clash.
As a pedestrian, you’ll spend the majority of your time on the sidewalk. While this is the safest place for you to be, there are also a number of hazards that you need to be aware of.
Trip and fall hazards
Falls account for thousands of injuries every year in the United States, and they often occur on the sidewalk. The volume of people walking over these surfaces every single day causes wear and tear. If regular repairs are not carried out, then cracks can begin to appear on the walking surface, meaning that users are exposed to potential falls. Additionally, grocery stores and other outlets often receive their deliveries on the sidewalk, which results in temporary obstacles and debris. It’s important to keep your wits about you, particularly in busier areas, and make sure you report any potential trip hazards.
Usually, cars and cyclists stick to their designated areas, which are either the roads or bike lanes. However, this is not always the case. Some cyclists opt to use the sidewalk, which is extremely dangerous for pedestrians. If a bike hits you at full speed, then it is you who is likely to come off worse. Also, when there is a lack of parking space or room to carry out maneuvers, cars may spill over onto the sidewalk. The problem is that they often don’t see pedestrians. Be careful if you’re in a busy area, particularly when you see a vehicle reversing. There is no guarantee that a driver has seen you. In fact, it’s best to assume that they have not.
You have every right to travel safely as a pedestrian. If you’ve suffered an injury because of the negligent actions of another, you may be able to hold them to account. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options in terms of pursuing compensation.