Walking is an essential form of transportation for many of us. But like automobiles, walking can be dangerous as well. Florida has the third highest pedestrian accident rate in the nation.
Pedestrians are defined as anyone who travels by foot, either walking, jogging, running, hiking, or otherwise moving in public. A pedestrian accident can be classified as an individual who is walking without a vehicle, who is then hit by a motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) latest study, there were at least 4,735 pedestrians killed in the United States, while another 66,000 were injured.
The NHTSA claims that, on average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes. This shocking statistic is too high. Individuals should not fear injury or death when they go for a walk.
Other Startling Facts about Pedestrian Accidents
- 73% of pedestrian accidents occur in urban settings, while 27% occur in rural areas
- 69% of accidents happen at non-intersections than at intersections (20%)
- More accidents happen in the dark (72%) than in the daylight (25%)
- Generally, most accidents occur between 6pm-8:59pm (26%), with the 9pm-11:59pm time period coming second with 23%
- The average age of people pedestrians killed was 46
- Children (14 and younger) account for 21% of pedestrians killed in accidents
- 19% of all pedestrians killed and 10 % of all pedestrians injured were 65 years old or older
- There were 2,407 traffic accident fatalities in a year (3rd highest in the nation)
- 501 pedestrians were killed in a year
- The total percentage of traffic fatalities is 20.8%
At Givens Givens Sparks, we believe that you should be able to walk safely, without fear of being struck. If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian accident, contact our Florida personal injury lawyers today. We will help review your case and inform you of your legal rights.