Accidents involving pedestrians can occur anywhere, including on interstate highways. As is always true, pedestrians are required to exercise due care on the roadways but it is also incumbent upon drivers to exercise due care as well for the safety of others on the roadways. In Florida, victims injured in any type of accident can recover damages to the full extent of the harm they have suffered, which will only offset by their own liability, if any, to the extent they are liable.
Pedestrian accidents are a serious concern for victims and their families. During the recession, fewer drivers resulted in fewer pedestrian accidents. As the economy improved, an increase in pedestrian accidents resulted in more pedestrian fatalities. According to a new study, 4,884 pedestrians were killed during 2014, which is the most recent year for which data is available. The number of pedestrian fatalities represents a 19 percent increase from 2009 and the highest number since 2005.
Though there have been advances in safety in recent years, pedestrians remain uniquely vulnerable on roadways and in our communities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, greater than 75,000 victims are injured each year in auto-pedestrian accidents, and there are 5,000 fatal pedestrian accident victims each year. Pedestrians are injured, on average, every 7 minutes in pedestrian accidents.
An 8-year old girl was recently struck in Tampa while walking to school. According to police, the little girl was struck in the face by a side-view mirror as she stepped of the curb while walking to school. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Following the accident, police noted that it did not seem they would cite the driver and traffic was stopped in both directions while authorities investigated the pedestrian accident.
It was estimated that 76,000 pedestrians were injured during 2012 in traffic accidents. The number of pedestrians that lost their lives in auto-pedestrian accidents increased from 2011 to 2012. During 2012, Florida was in the top 3 among states with the highest number of auto-pedestrian accident fatalities. Pedestrian accidents can also cause victims to suffer with catastrophic injuries that may be lifelong.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are not uncommon. Approximately 76,000 pedestrians were injured nationwide during 2012 when they were struck by a car or truck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrian accidents can occur in a variety of ways and leave victims and families suffering significant physical, financial and emotional damages.
Florida pedestrian safety, unfortunately, can sometimes be a polarizing topic between pro and anti-car groups. It is, however, a legitimate public safety concern that has implications for quality of life as we are all pedestrians at one point or another. A variety of sensible traffic reforms have been suggested throughout the country to help keep pedestrians safe. One way to improve pedestrian safety is by removing the last parking space before an intersection. The practice, referred to as "daylighting," increases visibility for and of pedestrians.
Pedestrian safety is an important issue in most communities. Increased awareness and caution at intersections and at other areas on roadways may help drivers and pedestrians keep pedestrians more safe. Additional safety measures can be helpful as well. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable group on the roadways and are susceptible to serious injuries if they are hit by a vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents can leave victims facing catastrophic injuries, the recovery process and a significant disruption to their lives. A pedestrian victim recently suffered serious and life-threatening injuries following an auto-pedestrian accident in the Tampa Bay area. The pedestrian accident that left the woman seriously injured is being investigated. The 69-year-old woman was walking across the street in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a 25-year-old driver driving a compact SUV. Authorities reported that the 25-year-old driver did not see the pedestrian in the crosswalk. The victim was pinned under the vehicle after it struck her and had to be transported by helicopter to the hospital.
This blog recently discussed the serious dangers of auto-pedestrian accidents to pedestrians. At times, victims may be struck by a driver that leaves the scene resulting in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident. Victims of pedestrian accidents can suffer significant damages including physical, financial and emotional damages which can be worsened in circumstances when the negligent driver responsible for the accident is a hit-and-run driver. Victims of hit-and-run pedestrian accidents may wonder what options are available to them.