It has been known for a long time that the number of pedestrian deaths on account of traffic accidents has been on the rise across the country. This trend is particularly disturbing since by all appearances, traffic safety has on the whole improved over the past decades.
Still, between 2009 and 2016, which was the last year in which finalized statistics were available, the number of pedestrian deaths shot up by 46 percent, up to 5,987. Florida and, more particularly, the St. Augustine area, has had its share of pedestrian fatalities during this time, as anyone who reads this blog would know.
The number of deaths in 2017, when confirmed, is expected to be very similar to that of 2016, which means even if the problem is not getting worse right now, the measures employed to this point have not improved the situation.
In light of this trend, the National Transportation Safety Board recently issued a number of recommendations that, after reviewing the situation, it thought would help turn back this concerning trend.
While some of these recommendation dealt with improving the design of vehicles and sidewalks, others dealt with better regulating the behavior of drivers. In particularly, the concept of stepping up enforcement of legal speed limits via automated means, like traffic cameras and the like, was floated as a way to ensure drivers travel slowly enough to give themselves time to stop for pedestrians.
As those with the power to do so work to improve the situation, drivers in St. Augustine and the greater Jacksonville region can and should re-commit to driving at a reasonable speed, especially when pedestrians are in the area. They should also be careful to pay attention to the road.
If they do not do so, they could injure or even kill a pedestrian, in which case the victim of the victim’s family might be eligible to pursue the negligent driver for compensation with the help of St. Augustine, Florida, pedestrian auto accident injury lawyers.