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Pedestrian Protections In South Florida


The greater South Florida area is known for its bustling streets, and part of this dynamic environment is people traveling on foot. Yet with high traffic volumes in busy urban areas, pedestrian safety is a significant concern.

There are pedestrian protections everyone needs to be aware of. To discuss risky areas, recent improvements in infrastructure, and learn about what to do if you’re involved in a pedestrian accident, reach out and connect with a Miami personal injury lawyer.

Pedestrian Laws and Regulations in Miami

Pedestrian laws are designed to ensure the safety of those walking amidst the city’s heavy traffic. Key regulations include:

  • Right-of-way in crosswalks. Pedestrians have the right-of-way at marked crosswalks and intersections. Drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing the road, whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked at intersections.
  • Traffic signals. Just as individuals in cars and riding bikes need to follow road rules, those traveling by foot must obey traffic signals and crosswalk signs. They should only cross the street when the walk signal is illuminated. Ignoring these signals can not only result in fines but also endanger lives.
  • Sidewalk usage. Where sidewalks are provided, pedestrians are required to use them. Walking on the road when a sidewalk is available is illegal and unsafe. If no sidewalk is available, pedestrians should walk on the shoulder, facing traffic.
  • No jaywalking. Crossing the street outside of designated crosswalks is commonly referred to as jaywalking, and it is illegal in Miami. Pedestrians must cross streets only at intersections or marked crosswalks to ensure visibility and safety.

While understanding these rules is part of staying safe, it is also essential for walkers to be especially careful in high traffic zones. Accident risks for walkers can increase in areas such as downtown Miami, Brickell, and South Beach, which are popular tourist destinations that see a mix of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Recent Infrastructure Improvements

Beyond individual responsibility, Miami has invested in infrastructure improvements in recent years to support pedestrian safety. For instance, the city has installed enhanced crosswalks with better signage, flashing beacons, and pedestrian countdown signals to improve visibility and safety. In some high-traffic areas, pedestrian bridges and tunnels have been constructed and traffic calming measures like speed bumps and roundabouts have been installed to provide safer walking conditions.

If you find yourself involved in a pedestrian accident despite safety measures, seek medical attention immediately, even if injuries appear minor. You also should report the accident to law enforcement.

Early in the recovery process, have a discussion with a seasoned Miami personal injury lawyer who will work to ensure that your rights are protected. With legal support, you can receive fair compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

How did a pedestrian regulation help or hurt you? The city’s efforts to improve infrastructure are a positive step towards safer streets, but accidents can still happen. If you’re involved in a pedestrian accident, discuss your situation with the legal team at Spencer Morgan Law. Schedule a confidential consultation today, call 305-423-3800.

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