A recently released study reports nationwide pedestrian fatalities had risen 4 percent in 2010 from the previous year. That percentage includes 4,280 pedestrians killed by auto accidents. Florida traffic fatalities accounted for 487 pedestrians, following the state with the highest number, California, at 599 pedestrians.
Both pedestrians and motorists must be alert to prevent these kinds of accidents. According to the study, many of these fatalities occurred when a pedestrian was not at an intersection. As a walker or jogger, you should use a crosswalk whenever one is available. Even when you use a crosswalk, do not assume drivers will see you and stop. Remain vigilant as you cross.
To prevent these auto accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends drivers:
- Look for pedestrians at all times when driving
- Exercise extra caution in low-light or poor weather conditions
- When turning or entering a crosswalk, slow down and get ready to stop if needed
- Always stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk
- Do not pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk
- Do not drive drunk or under the influence of drugs
- Obey posted speed limits
- Slow down in school zones and neighborhoods
As one of the country’s most populous states, Florida has a high rate of traffic fatalities. Drivers should exercise caution to avoid horrific fatalities and life-altering injuries.
If you are a pedestrian or motorist who has been injured in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence in Orlando, Florida, please contact the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., to schedule a free consultation.