Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good walk. It’s good exercise, gets one out in the fresh air and it doesn’t leave a carbon footprint. Unfortunately, many cities in Florida were not planned with pedestrians in mind, making it dangerous for people to travel by foot. In fact, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Florida was the number two state when came to fatal pedestrian accidents in the first six months of 2017.
According to the GHSA figures, just under 300 individuals in Florida were hit by motor vehicles during that time frame. The state with the highest total fatal pedestrian accidents saw 352 deaths. Keep in mind, however, that the state with 352 deaths has double the population of Florida. The GHSA also reports that 43 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents during that time frame took place in five states, one of which is Florida.
The reason for these statistics may be due to an increase in drugged driving and distracted driving. In addition, these numbers could be due simply to poorly designed cities. Florida is a large state with a lot of distance between cities and has many highways where motor vehicles can drive at fast speeds. All of this could lead to a fatal pedestrian accident.
So, while walking has many virtues, it is not always very safe. Motorists who aren’t paying attention to those around them or who are speeding can strike a pedestrian. When this happens, it may help to discuss the situation with a pedestrian auto accident injury lawyer to determine if filing a lawsuit would be appropriate.
Source: Miami New Times, “Florida Had Another Awful Year of Pedestrian Deaths in 2017,” Jerry Iannelli, March 8, 2018