Did you know that Florida leads the nation in pedestrian accidents? The
top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians are (in order):
1. Orlando-Kissimmee (2.86 deaths per 100,000 residents)
2. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (3.52 deaths per 100,000 residents)
3. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach (3.04 deaths per 100,000 residents)
4. Jacksonville (2.61 deaths per 100,000 residents)
A pedestrian is defined as any person who is travelling, but is not in
or upon a motor vehicle or other vehicle. On average, a pedestrian is
killed in a traffic crash every 120 minutes and injured every 8 minutes.
In 2009, a total of 4,092 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in
the United States and more than 59,000 pedestrians sustained injuries.
Because a car is so much larger than a person, most of these injuries
Pedestrian Safety Tips
• Obey traffic signals, especially "Walk/Don't Walk."
• Use sidewalks whenever possible.
• If there are no sidewalks, try to walk facing road traffic.
• Cross streets at crosswalks. If there are no crosswalks, cross
at corners and look for traffic before crossing.
• Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
• Never cross between parked cars.
• Stay off freeways and other restricted zones where drivers do not
• Be visible. In the day time, wear bright colors. At night, wear
light colors and wear jackets and backpacks with reflective details. Carry
a flashlight when it is very dark.
• Remember, drivers may be distracted or may not see you. Try to
make eye contact with drivers to be sure you are seen.
• Pay attention. Don't talk on a
cell phone or wear earphones when crossing the street.
• Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.
One more tip: Pedestrians under the influence of drugs or alcohol are at a higher risk
of becoming a pedestrian accident victim. Thirty-five percent of pedestrians
who are killed in pedestrian accidents are under the influence of alcohol
or drugs. Just as they impact a person’s ability to drive, these
substances can impair your ability to walk safely and make good walking
decisions. When you are the influence, ask a sober friend to walk you
home or take a cab.
Pedestrian accidents are especially dangerous for children and older adults.
Share these pedestrian safety tips with your child.
If your loved one has been injured or killed in a
West Palm Beach pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to insurance compensation.
Palm Beach accident attorney Craig Goldenfarb can help.
Contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at 1-(561) 600-5605 to schedule a free case evaluation.
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