PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS ON THE RISE IN FLORIDA

PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS ON THE RISE IN FLORIDA

Pedestrian accidents are on the rise nationwide, but a new study has concluded that Florida is among the worst in the country for preventable pedestrian accidents for the first half of 2015. In the first six months of the year, nearly 2,400 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents, reflecting a six percent increase over the previous year. Even as total traffic deaths have been on a downward trend over the past decade, pedestrian deaths have been steadily rising each year since 2005.

The report found that there are a number of factors responsible for these alarming statistics. Distraction is a major contributor (among both drivers and pedestrians alike), along with other factors like shorter winters, warmer weather, lower gas prices, and more drivers on the road. More public interest in health is also the reason behind a greater number of pedestrians who choose to walk instead of drive.

Florida counties with the highest numbers of pedestrian accidents and fatalities (501 and higher) include:

EscambiaDuvalVolusiaOrangeBrevardPascoPolkHillsboroughPinellasManateeSarasotaLeePalm BeachBrowardMiami-Dade

Pedestrian Safety Tips

If you enjoy walking to your destination, consider these helpful pedestrian safety tips:

  1. Never assume vehicles will stop for you. Always be on the defensive!
  2. Watch for vehicles turning in front of you, especially near driveways.
  3. Make sure to look both ways – twice!
  4. Avoid wearing headphones or using your cell phone.
  5. Always walk on the sidewalk. If one isn’t available, walk facing road traffic.
  6. Don’t completely rely on pedestrian signals. Always double check to make sure it is safe before proceeding.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Orlando, FL

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or have suffered the loss of a loved one, please contact Todd Miner Law®️. You may be eligible for monetary damages to cover accident-related costs like medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, and more. With more than two decades of experience and an impressive track record of success, you can be confident entrusting your case to Todd Miner Law®️.

Consultations are provided free of charge. To request yours, please call 407-214-4743.

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Todd Miner

Todd Miner is the Senior Trial Attorney & Managing Attorney at Todd Miner Law®️. A Florida native, Todd's journey in law began at the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He then obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law. With a background as an Assistant State Attorney and experience in insurance defense, Todd brings over three decades of legal expertise to his practice, focusing on complex personal injury cases. He is dedicated to advocating for his clients and ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve.

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