Pedestrians are at High Risk on Florida Streets
Pedestrians are exceptionally vulnerable to traffic accidents. When a motorist hits a person who is on foot, that pedestrian has absolutely nothing to protect him or her from the immense impact of the accident. Statistics bear out exactly how vulnerable pedestrians are – and indicate that pedestrians on Florida streets are even more vulnerable still. If a motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, you should not wait to consult with an experienced Clearwater pedestrian accident attorney.
Dangerous by Design
The 2019 report put out by Dangerous by Design shares that fatal pedestrian accidents increased by more than 35 percent over the course of a decade but that, conversely, the percentage of pedestrian trips in relation to the total number of trips made (in this same time period) increased by less than one percent. This is bad news for pedestrians in general, but the report goes on to relay that Florida is the most dangerous state of all for pedestrians.
Ultimately, Florida cities fill eight of the top ten slots for most dangerous areas for pedestrians in the United States, including Clearwater in position nine. Dangerous by Design has created a measurement system that is known as the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI), which quantifies how dangerous different states are for pedestrians (predicated on the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in relation to the percentage of the population that walks to work in the state in question). Florida’s PDI is 182, which leaves it with top billing and with a full 37 points more than Alabama, which is the next-most dangerous state for pedestrians.
Pedestrian accidents are typically caused by the same kinds of driver negligence that tend to cause other kinds of traffic accidents, including:
- Distraction – Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers, and when that distracted driver is moving through an intersection that contains pedestrians, they are even more so. The most dangerous distraction of all is texting, and pedestrians are especially vulnerable to this deadly form of negligence.
- Impairment – Drunk drivers put everyone at increased risk of being injured in a traffic accident, and pedestrians are no exception.
- Excess Speed – Excess speed makes accidents more likely and more dangerous. Even a relatively minor accident can be life-threatening for pedestrians, and when excess speed plays a role, it makes the pedestrian accident that much more serious.
- Exhaustion – Drowsy drivers suffer many of the same impairments that drunk drivers do, and these impairments make serious pedestrian accidents more likely.
Seek the Professional Legal Counsel of an Experienced Clearwater Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
If a negligent driver leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, the impressive Clearwater pedestrian accident attorneys at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos are well positioned and well prepared to help guide your claim toward an optimal outcome. Our accomplished legal team takes your claim as seriously as you do, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 727-441-9030 today.