Tallahassee, FL- Were humans, we walk: some more than others and for a variety of different reasons. Nonetheless, pedestrians are everywhere and sometimes they cross the path of cars and trucks often with tragic consequences. In this blog our team of accident lawyers in Florida would like to discuss some facts about pedestrian-auto accidents that you should know.
Overall, fatal pedestrian accidents accounted for 14 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2014. Florida was the scene of a large fraction of those accidents. According to preliminary data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, there were 292 fatal pedestrian accidents in the state in the first 6 months of 2014. Only a handful of states including California and Texas have a greater rate of fatal pedestrian accidents. That fact should serve as a warning to pedestrians, and should encourage them to take steps to protect themselves and educate their loved ones on how to keep the steps they take from being deadly.
Adults over the age of 65 is the demographic most commonly involved in pedestrian accidents. Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows that this group accounted for 20 percent of pedestrian accident fatalities and 9 percent of pedestrian accident injuries in 2012.
The next age group also likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident is children between the ages 5 and 9. Impaired motorists and pedestrians are also at a high risk of being killed in a pedestrian accident. The CDC reports According to the CDC, 47 percent of fatal pedestrian-auto accidents involved either an intoxicated motorist or an intoxicated pedestrian.
Another important thing to note is that majority of fatal pedestrian accidents occur at night and over the weekend.
If you are a pedestrian you should avoid the following behaviors:
- Walking while distracted by a cell phone or media player,
- Walking while drunk or high on drugs,
- Wearing dark clothing at night,
- Crossing busy roads outside a crosswalk.
Like with auto accidents, pedestrian accidents can have many causes that can generally be tied to negligence, either on the part of a pedestrian or a motorist. If you are a pedestrian and have been injured by a negligent driver, USAttorneys can connect you with an accident lawyer near your Florida location to recover the compensation you deserve for your medical bills and other accident-related costs.
A pedestrian can suffer catastrophic injuries if they are involved in accident, so they need someone on their side who understands the value of their claim. USAttorneys can connect you with a personal injury lawyer in your area who will work tirelessly to recover the generous settlement you deserve for your physical and emotional suffering. USAttorneys can connect you with a lawyer to do the work on your claim so that you and your loved ones can focus on your recovery. If you want justice, you need legal help; we can help with that.