Pedestrian Safety

Florida’s mild winter weather brings higher numbers of people outside to enjoy our refreshing, cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in pedestrian fatalities across the United States in recent years, and a recent study found that Florida has the dubious distinction of being the least safe state for pedestrians.

The greater Orlando area, for example, has been named the deadliest urban center for pedestrians. More than 550 pedestrians were killed in the last 10 years alone. The greater Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami areas rounded out the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians.

Here are some other staggering statistics.

Nearly 48,000 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in the United States during the past decade.More than 688,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents, a number equivalent to one pedestrian being struck by a vehicle every seven minutes.

Pedestrians account for nearly 12 percent of the total number of traffic deaths.More than half of pedestrian accidents occur in wide, multi-lane roads that are designed to move large numbers vehicles.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that in the next 24 hours, 324 people will be treated in an emergency room for pedestrian-related injuries. In the next two hours, approximately one pedestrian will die in a traffic accident. As winter quickly approaches, it is important for those who are venturing outside on foot to follow some common sense behaviors to remain safe.

Cross streets at the corner and use traffic signals and crosswalks whenever they are available.Try to make eye contact with the driver. Just because you see him does not mean he sees you!Walk on sidewalks and paths.When crossing the street, look both ways. Remember to look for cars that are turning or backing up. At night, carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing.

If you or your child are involved in a pedestrian-related accident and have sustained injuries, contact an attorney to make sure your legal rights are protected. For more information on the contents of this article or any other question you may have, please schedule a free consultation with us.