Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians, according to a recent report. In the 10 years covered by the study, nearly 5,500 pedestrians died in Florida. The report also found that older pedestrians, people of color, and pedestrians in lower-income neighborhoods had the highest risk for fatal pedestrian accidents.
Florida reported 708 pedestrian deaths in 2020, according to Florida highway statistics. Florida is home to 9 of the cities on the list of the nation’s 13 most deadly metropolitan areas for pedestrians.
In this blog, we will address risk factors for pedestrians in Florida, and pedestrian rights, regulations, and safety tips from our pedestrian injury attorney.
Pedestrians ages 65-74 have the highest pedestrian fatality rate, and pedestrians ages 5 to 18 have the lowest pedestrian fatality rate, according to a study conducted by a Florida university.
Pedestrian fatalities in Florida are less likely to occur at an intersection and more likely to take place at an uncontrolled mid-point in an intersection. More than 40% of pedestrian deaths in Florida happened near a controlled intersection, but in a place where a pedestrian had to judge whether it was safe to cross.
About 13% of pedestrian fatalities occurred when pedestrians were crossing an intersection.
Surprisingly, most pedestrian deaths in Florida were not intersection-related.
As you can see by this information, obeying traffic rules and the road as a pedestrian can be the difference between life and death. About 4 out of 10 accidents involve actions by a pedestrian.
Most laws regarding pedestrian rights, regulation, and safety are found in Florida Statute 316.130.
Pedestrian rights are strongest when walking in a marked crosswalk with the appropriate walk signal. Drivers are required by law to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk with a walk signal. If you’re in a crosswalk, a driver cannot get close enough that you’re in any danger.
Even if there are no traffic control signals or signs, drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Your best bet to stay safe is to walk in a marked crosswalk. If you are injured as a pedestrian, you will also have more rights and more opportunities to recover damages if you followed all the pedestrian rules of the road.
Pedestrian injuries caused by collisions with a car are often severe and life-threatening. Broken bones, cuts, scrapes, bruises and concussions and traumatic brain injuries are very common.
If a driver hurt you, as a pedestrian, you can seek to hold the driver responsible for the costs. A Florida personal injury lawyer can help pedestrian accident victims recover financial expenses including emergency medical treatment, any ongoing medical care, physical therapy, and much more.
In addition to recovering for your medical expenses, injured pedestrians can also seek compensation for the mental pain, anguish and suffering caused by the accident.
If you were hurt in a Florida pedestrian accident, you need to speak with an experienced Florida pedestrian lawyer as soon as possible.
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