Hit And Run Accidents Jacksonville: Top 5 Tips to Avoid Them

Hit and Run Accidents Jacksonville

Hit and Run SignHave you noticed the rise in hit and run accidents in recent weeks? It seems like every time I watch the news I hear about another incident where someone was injured by someone who fled the scene.

Accidents happen but what I don’t understand is why or how anyone can leave an injured person to fend for themselves after causing their pain. It’s scary to think you can be walking down a road with a friend or family member and in a split second your life or the life of a loved one can be changed forever, at no fault of your own.

I believe a lot can be learned from these recent hit and run incidents. There are things we can do to help avoid being a victim of a hit and run accident.

Here are some tips that might help save your life:

  1. Don’t walk in the road.

    If you can avoid it, do so. Walk a good distance away from traffic. If you must walk on the road because the area lacks a sidewalk, it is a good idea to walk on the left-side, facing traffic. This allows you to make eye contact with the driver and make quick decisions if it becomes necessary to protect yourself.

  2. Stay off the cell phone while walking and/or driving.

    Focusing on what’s happening on Facebook is not as important as focusing on traffic and avoiding accidents. Safety first…Facebook second.

  3. If walking at night, wear brightly colored and/or reflective clothing.

    In addition, get out of the way of oncoming traffic. Just because you can see the vehicle doesn’t mean the driver can see you.

  4. If you are involved in a car accident, pull your vehicle off to the side of the road a safe distance where you can exchange information.

    Capture the license plate before you move your vehicle, do it as quickly as possible. Use your cell phone to take a picture of the license plate. Police say that accident victims have been tricked when the driver of the other vehicle speeds away after appearing to comply.

  5. Keep your focus what you’re doing and on your surroundings.

    An example would be to avoid wearing earphones when walking or driving. Hearing what is happening around you can be just as important as seeing what’s happening around you. Noises are muffled or even cancelled out by most earphones, and those noises could just save your life.

I could go on and on about how to be more cautious, but when it’s all said and done, the fact remains that we have to use our common sense to avoid accidents. It’s also a fact that some accidents just cannot be avoided.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident and need medical or legal assistance, please feel free to contact us at The Soud Law Firm.  We will take good care of you.