Sadly, everyday unwary pedestrians are injured or killed by negligent drivers in South Florida and throughout the nation. With so many distractions, is it any wonder drivers can be so careless? Obviously, pedestrians are at greater risk of death when being struck by a moving vehicle than are those inside of another vehicle.
Drivers can be negligent in many ways that would likely distract them from focusing on the road and on pedestrians. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Putting on makeup
- Eating or drinking
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone
- Changing the radio station
- Reading a newspaper
- Conversing with a passenger
- Dealing with crying babies and other child issues
- Driving under the influence of drugs (illegal or prescribed)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
Pedestrian Fatalities in Florida
According to the Brevard County Reporter (2011), in 2009 alone, Florida pedestrian deaths were ranked as second in the nation, with California as number one. In fact, pedestrian deaths in just four out of fifty states (Florida, California, Texas, and New York) account for 41% of all pedestrian deaths in the United States.
Even though some pedestrians are at fault for stepping out onto the street before the light has allowed them to safely cross the street, drivers have got to be more careful in Florida. The year-round warm weather means that more pedestrians will be outdoors than in other states. Therefore, it is imperative than drivers be mindful of South Florida pedestrians.
Risk of Injuries to Pedestrians in Florida
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, most pedestrians are at risk of injury between the times of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is increased traffic between 3 to 6 p.m., which is when the bulk of these accidents occur. After dark, more pedestrians are at risk of death because of poor visibility or drunken driving. 60% of these accidents happen at places other than intersections, where it is relatively safe for pedestrians to cross.
Injuries caused by a negligent driver in Florida could cause the injured pedestrian to miss work and suffer lost wages in addition to their pain and suffering. Additionally, pedestrian accidents in South Florida can turn deadly. If someone you love was killed in a pedestrian accident by a negligent Florida driver, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit and collect the compensation your family deserves.
Contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld for a free consultation and answers to your questions.