Florida's High Rate of Pedestrian Accidents

Certain situations can make pedestrian accidents more likely. According to data from the NHTSA:

  • 19% of children ages 5-9 who died in traffic accidents in 2010 were pedestrians.
  • 73% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas.
  • 79% of all pedestrian accident fatalities occurred at non-intersections.
  • 68% of pedestrian accident fatalities occurred at night.
  • 88% of pedestrian accident fatalities occurred during normal weather conditions.
  • 68% of pedestrian accident victims were male.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries:

Pedestrians have very little protection when involved in accidents with motor vehicles. Common injuries from pedestrian accidents include:

  • Bruises
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Fractures to arms, legs, hips, and pelvis.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Why Are There So Many Pedestrian Accidents In Florida?

Florida is home to many arterial roads which are high speed, high traffic arteries that connect to other high speed, high traffic roads. Florida is also home to 4 of the deadliest Interstates in the nation and they are I-75, I-4, I-10, and I-95. According to the Florida Department of Transportation:

  • 40% of all pedestrian fatalities are alcohol-related.
  • 22.7% of all traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities involve pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • 43% of pedestrian traffic fatalities occur at night on roads that are not well lit.

What To Do If You Are Involved in a Florida Pedestrian Accident:

Call The Police: Call the police immediately after the accident or have someone call them for you.

Obtain Insurance Information; You should obtain information from any person involved in the accident. This information could possibly help you in making a claim for medical expenses or for other damages resulting from the accident.

Pedestrian Accidents Are Increasing:

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of pedestrians struck by automobiles, RV's and motorcycles are on the rise. Many of these accidents appear to be due to distracted driving. Pedestrians are not always seen by drivers and cars often leave their lanes or even drive off the road altogether when distracted by electronic devices.

Hybrid Vehicles a Risk to Pedestrians:

Hybrid vehicles are extremely quiet especially when driven under 18 miles per hour. Pedestrian accidents have been increasing since 2009. Part of this increase may be due to the fact that pedestrians cannot hear Hybrid vehicles and they have an increased risk of being involved in an accident with a Hybrid vehicle.

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton:

If you have sustained injuries in a Sarasota or Bradenton pedestrian accident due to a negligent driver, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 218-8220. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.