March 23, 2017

Auto Accidents: Walkers Beware

A car hitting a pedestrian is a nightmare that occurs more often than you may think.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 4,280 pedestrians died in motor vehicle crashes in 2010, a four percent increase from the preceding year. An estimated 70,000 were injured.

Florida is one the deadliest places in the United States for walkers. A 2010 USA Today report cited federal statistics that showed 11 percent of pedestrians killed in the U.S. died in the Sunshine State, a disproportionately high number considering we accounted for only 6 percent of the nation’s population.

Locally, the intersection of Twiggs and East streets has recently made news as a trouble spot. The police recently ramped up enforcement in the area, according to an April 17 article in the Tampa Bay Times.

Putting Safety First

During 2012, the Florida Highway Patrol has investigated 331 traffic crashes in seven Florida counties involving pedestrians of which 43 turned fatal.

“With Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties totaling the highest number of pedestrian fatalities this year for Patrol’s Troop C with 12, 11 and 12 fatal crashes respectively, pedestrians are urged to increase their awareness along Florida’s roadways,” said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, FHP public affairs officer said in a Tampa Bay Newspapers report earlier this year. “With 87 percent of fatalities occurring at night or in low-light conditions, pedestrians are urged and reminded to wear bright color attire for conspicuity.”

Rules of the Road

Pedestrian traffic regulations are laid out in Florida Statutes, section 316.130. If you or someone you know was following the rules of the road, but was injured due to a distracted or careless driver, then please contact us to protect your legal rights.

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