Taking your Life in your Hands by Walking Florida Roadways
Motorized vehicles strike 850 individuals annually in central Florida—more than anywhere else in the country. The collisions leave roughly 150 people with injuries that are classified as incapacitating, and leave another 40-70 pedestrians dead. The trauma associated with these incidents hemorrhages across victims of the crash, their families, drivers, and many others.
The statistics associated with these horrendous incidents only tell part of the story. Far more heartbreaking are the effects on those directly impacted by auto-pedestrian crashes:
- The parents of one teenager agonize each time they receive mail for their dead son. The teen loved playing high school football, being a big brother to his five younger siblings, and dreaming of his future. One day, he hoped to be president of Puerto Rico. An auto-pedestrian crash ended those dreams.
- Another man was known as a happy and empathetic man who happened to be developmentally disabled. He lived in an apartment by himself, worked two jobs, and played three sports in the Special Olympics. Once, when beating a less-skilled volleyball team at the Special Olympics, this man convinced his team to let the opposing team make a few points so they wouldn’t go home feeling too badly. His many friends and family members were devastated when he died after being struck by a car that had skipped a curb.
- Drivers, too, experience incalculable distress following auto-pedestrian crashes. Laura Campbell struck a homeless man who stepped out of the darkness into her path, giving her no time to avoid a collision. Even though investigators assured her she was not at fault, she carries the burden of knowing a man lost his life that night after a collision with her vehicle.
With over 70,000 auto-pedestrian crashes occurring across the nation every year, it’s worth analyzing the issues associated with them:
- Intersection Carelessness: When motorists are more focused on getting where they’re going than on potential safety issues at intersections, the potential for accidents skyrockets. Particularly when there are unmarked crosswalks, pedestrians need to be defensive as they cross the road.
- Electronics: Naturally. Texting and driving is a big no-no. But pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings, too. One study suggests that nearly one-tenth of accidents occur while pedestrians are engaged with cell phones or music devices.
- Alcohol: Impaired drivers are only part of the problem; pedestrians who experience fatal injuries are intoxicated in 37 percent of these accidents.
- Dark clothing: Seven in ten pedestrian collisions occur at night. Pedestrians would be wise to carry pocket flashlights and wear reflective clothing or tape if they must walk after dark.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious auto-pedestrian collision, the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton can help. Contact our Daytona & Ormond Beach office for a confidential consultation today.