Florida's beautiful weather entices people to the outdoors. Going out for a walk or run, bicycling, walking your dog, are just some of the things that pedestrians do. Sadly, when a motor vehicle crashes into a pedestrian, the results are often serious. Catastrophic injuries and death can result.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, 74,654 pedestrians were either injured or killed during a recent year. Approximately 13 pedestrians are killed and 195 are injured on a daily basis. Seventy percent of pedestrians killed were male. Seventy five percent of pedestrian fatalities were in urban areas. Florida ranked second in most fatal pedestrian accidents.
In Florida, motor vehicle drivers are required to share the road with pedestrians. It is incumbent on every driver to be careful with pedestrians, especially with the elderly, disabled and children, even when pedestrians are jaywalking. Unfortunately, it's not always the case that drivers respect the welfare and safety of pedestrians.
Pedestrian accident victims can sustain serious bodily injuries or catastrophic life ending injuries. Children and the elderly are more at risk of being involved in pedestrian type accidents.
Spinal cord, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries are typical for pedestrians involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
Common causes of injuries due to a pedestrian accident include:
- Aggressive Driving
- Bad Weather Conditions
- Car Mechanical Problems - Brake Failure
- Careless Driving
- Cars Failing to Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalks
- Cell Phone Use
- Driver Inattention
- Drivers Failing to Obey Traffic Signals or Signs
- Drivers Falling Asleep while Driving
- Drunk Drivers - DUI
- Excessive Speeding
- Legal or Illegal Drug Use
- Other Distractions while Driving
- Pedestrian Evening Walking
- Poor Driver Visibility
- Poor Street Lamp Lighting
- Reckless Driving
- Road Rage Incidents
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