Although there are many South Florida negligent drivers, the behavior of the pedestrian is actually a major factor in the deaths and injuries incurred by pedestrians. Jaywalking is the most common pedestrian behavior that leads to these accidents, causing the pedestrian great injury and sometimes even death.
There are many ways to avoid becoming the victim of a fatal South Florida pedestrian accident.
- Don’t be a jaywalker! Any form of illegally crossing the road is considered jaywalking. Use appropriate crosswalks.
- Don’t consume too much alcohol. While walking while intoxicated is better than driving, many pedestrians who are drunk are the ones who are hit by a vehicle at night.
- Don’t go along with the crowd. Just because your friends think it’s safe to cross the road at an inappropriate place, doesn’t mean you have to follow suit.
Florida is one of the top four states for fatal pedestrian-vehicle accidents to occur. This is most likely due to the warm weather, causing people to walk the streets at all times of the year. Who doesn’t want to stroll along outside in nice weather? Unfortunately, there are far too many drivers who are distracted while they’re operating a vehicle, which puts South Florida pedestrians at risk.
If your injuries were caused from the negligence of a driver in South Florida, or if your loved one died in a fatal pedestrian accident, please call a knowledgeable South Florida wrongful death attorney to find out more about your rights to financial recovery. Fort Lauderdale accident attorney David Benenfeld can be reached for a free, no-obligation discussion of your case at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].