The Pasco County Commission is revisiting a proposal from 2016 that included an overpass over U.S. 19 for pedestrians and bicyclists. Due to our main office in Port Richey being on Ridge Road, just a few moments away from U.S. 19, we understand firsthand how much this is needed. Not only do pedestrian and bicyclist accidents often occur on U.S. 19, but also car accidents and motorcycle accidents. We commend Pasco County for taking steps to protect travelers on U.S. 19. But, until this happens, we wanted to provide a few tips that you should consider when traveling down U.S. 19.
1. Look out for pedestrians and bicyclists. Many forget that cars share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. Be sure to look out for them as they also use U.S. 19.
2. Watch for people pulling out of businesses. Many businesses line U.S. 19. Be sure to watch as the cars may pull out in front of you even though they may have a stop or yield. Always drive on the defensive.
3. Whether you are a pedestrian, driver, bicyclist, or motorcyclist, obey all traffic signals and laws. Signs were made, laws were created, and lights were placed in order to ensure safety. Be safe to follow them as you make your commute.
4. Be visible. As a pedestrian, be sure to wear bright clothing and at night, carry a flashlight when walking or running down U.S. 19. As a motorcyclist, be sure to wear bright clothing and use your blinker. As a driver, be sure to use your turn signal.
5. Be patient. Often times, people rush down U.S. 19 trying to get where they are trying to go. Take the time to think about what you are doing. A bad split-second decision could affect not only your life but someone else's. As we said above, travel defensively and be sure to keep an eye on your surroundings.
Injuries that can occur when involved in an accident, whether it be as a pedestrian, driver, passenger, bicyclist, or motorcycle rider can be numerous. Some of these injuries may include:
- Neck Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries
We want you to avoid these injuries and to make it to your destination safely. As we have mentioned above, it is up to you to commute defensively so you can have a better chance of protecting yourself and keeping others safe around you.
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