Florida Parents - Safety Tips For Guardians Jogging With Infants
It is not uncommon for moms to go jogging with their infants after birth. The exercise helps them lose the baby weight and get back into shape. Of course, dads and other guardians often participate in the activity too. If you were out driving this morning in Sarasota, you probably saw some of the individuals. That's because Florida has the perfect weather for such workouts year-round. Heck, here it is in December, and we've got high temps in the 80s.
Due to so many joggers getting fit in Sarasota, we decided to offer some safety tips. Then, whether you're running by yourself or with your child, the hope is that nobody will get hit by a car. After all, we have enough pedestrian crashes in The Sunshine State and don't need anymore. According to the FLHSMV, Florida accounted for 9,736 pedestrian crashes that caused 1,524 incapacitating injuries and 734 fatalities. So, let's see if we can't protect guardian joggers and their infants.
Use The Proper Equipment
You can't simply strap your infant to your chest or back and take off. That would jostle them around and probably leave them with injuries. Then again, they could also accidentally get smothered while being carried in those ways. So, if you plan on jogging with your infant from birth, make it a point to get a jogging stroller that's compatible with their car seat. Then, they can be strapped in safely. Not to mention, they'll be comfortable with the equipment and may even sleep through your run.
Attach A Safety Strap To Your Wrist
This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but if you're a new parent, you know how easily stuff can slip your mind. Be sure to use a safety strap with your jogging stroller and keep it attached to your wrist at all times. You'll likely try to keep your hand gripped on the handle, but if something should happen that causes you to lose your grip, the strap will ensure that the stroller doesn't get away. The last thing anybody needs is a stroller to be rolling towards a Sarasota intersection with nobody around to stop it.
Wear Bright, Highly Visible Clothing
Some people jog early in the morning, while others jog at noon or late in the afternoon. Regardless of when you're running, wear vivid and bright clothing. That will, with any luck, make you stand out to motorists. They'll be able to see you with no problem, and hopefully, not run you down. It's also not a bad idea to buy a colorful jogging stroller so that it stands out too.
Apply The Brake When Stopped
When you stop jogging to take a breather or whatever, use the hand or foot brake to park the stroller. This will prevent the stroller from rolling away, let's say, down a hill or sidewalk. Additionally, the brake can come in handy, giving you more control when operating the stroller.
What If A Negligent Driver Strikes You?
If you or your baby get injured in a pedestrian crash by a negligent motorist, you might have the grounds to seek compensation. But to win such a lawsuit, you'll have to prove that negligence occurred. That can be easier said than done at times, but it doesn't have to be. All you need to do is put a Sarasota attorney in your corner from Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh and let them deal with the issue. The team will build a case that supports your position and prepare it for trial. However, the lawyer may be able to settle the matter out of court as well. Contact the office as needed to schedule your free case evaluation.