As this blog has reported before, pedestrians in and around St. Augustine and the greater Jacksonville area are often involved in serious or even deadly motor vehicle accidents.
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.
Bicycling is the preferred method of transportation for many in Florida who do not want to drive. However, this means that bicycle accidents regularly occur. When a bicyclist pursues a lawsuit following a crash with a motor vehicle, two questions will generally have to be answered. The first is whether the motorist's negligent acts caused the collision, resulting in the injuries the bicyclist suffered. The second is whether the bicyclist also committed negligent acts that contributed to the crash.
The Sunshine State is well known for its many tourist attractions and pleasant temperatures during the winter months. This means that many people flock to Florida in the summer as tourists or in the winter as a way to escape the cold. Whether one is a resident of the state, a tourist or a "snow bird," it is not unusual for people in Florida to take to the streets on foot, despite the fact that Florida has the dubious honor of being one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians.
It may go without saying that when it comes to a collision between a pedestrian in Florida and an automobile, the pedestrian is most likely to come off worse for wear. After all, the human body is simply no match for a vehicle weighing several tons. Auto-pedestrian accidents are tragic, and according to one government report, are on the rise.
Many children in Florida love playing outside. They may play at parks, in their neighborhoods or at schools. Unfortunately, this means that the potential is there for a motorist to strike a child, causing injuries or even fatalities. In fact, one source reports that children ages five through nine are most likely to be struck by an automobile. Therefore, motorists have a heightened duty of care when driving where children are present.
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.
People in St. Augustine certainly appreciate the mild winters in the state. Whether they are "snow birds" or whether they reside in Florida year-round, while people in the northern states are shoveling snow and dealing with frigid temperatures, Floridians are enjoying the weather that allows them to ride their bikes, go swimming or even take a walk.
Pedestrians can be found on more than just sidewalks in Florida. They may have to walk on the side of the road if there is no sidewalk. They may be in a crosswalk at an intersection. They may even be walking in a parking lot going from their car to the building. And, sometimes, pedestrians can be found on the interstate.
In Florida, it is not unusual for people to walk to their destinations. However, while pedestrians might take every precaution, such as walking on sidewalks, using crosswalks and obeying traffic signals, this doesn't mean that they will be immune to accidents.