The state of Florida has excellent weather for pedestrians. It is rarely cold enough to require heavy clothing and even rain generally lasts only a short time. But pedestrians must share The Sunshine State’s streets with its nearly 21 million registered motor vehicles—a task which is not always easy
In fact, Florida ranks second in the nation, just behind California, in the number of pedestrian fatalities. This is why the state’s pedestrians and drivers are urged to constantly be aware of their surroundings. The following are some of the more common causes of pedestrian accidents in Florida: Read the rest »
A 58-year-old man was killed in a Jacksonville car accident when an unlicensed driver struck him as he crossed the street. According to a News 4 Jax report, the fatal pedestrian accident happened on Atlantic Boulevard. The victim died at the scene. Read the rest »
It is important to review car accident statistics to determine if certain areas are more dangerous than others. When a particular city, street or intersection has a high number of accidents, steps should be taken to make the area safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. According to a data mined by Smart Growth America, Jacksonville is in need of dramatic changes because it ranks third in the nation among the top 10 cities for pedestrians accidents.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recently publicized specific portions of the report to determine what areas are unsafe for elderly pedestrians. Senior citizens only account for 13 percent of the population in Florida, but they make up 21 percent of pedestrian traffic deaths. As we age, we become more vulnerable to physical injury and it takes us longer to recover. As for overall numbers, Jacksonville ranks third on the list Miami finished fourth, Tampa was second and Orlando was ranked first for most pedestrian accidents in the state.
Jacksonville.com reports that Smart Growth America ranked the city third worst back in 2011 as well. Furthermore, the Alliance for Biking and Walking had Jacksonville as the worst in the nation for pedestrian safety in 2010 and 2012. Read the rest »
The city of Fort Lauderdale is trying an experiment when it comes to augmenting the safety of pedestrians who attempt to cross Los Olas Boulevard in its entertainment district. The city is providing neon flags that pedestrians can wave while crossing in the crosswalk.
The idea, says a spokeswoman for the city, is to make pedestrians more visible as they make their way across the boulevard.
“The reasoning behind the process is to elevate public safety, make pedestrians visible at an intersection that is not signalized,” the spokeswoman told the Miami Herald.
The concept behind this program is not new. St. Paul, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington and Berkeley, California have also tried pedestrian flag programs with varying degrees of success. The largest and most comprehensive flag program was in Seattle, which introduced its program in 2008. The program was later dropped after it was found that there was no marked impact on pedestrian safety and that people tended to steal the flags. Berkley, which introduced its program in 2004, also dropped its program for similar reasons. Read the rest »
The Palm Beach County pedestrian fatality attorneys at Farah & Farah are following a trial that has just begun in which the parents of a nine-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a van in 2011 are suing a Jupiter condo association and a management firm for negligence and wrongful death.
What makes this trial interesting is that the plaintiffs are not blaming the tragic accident on the 83-year-old driver of the mini-van who struck the boy at the entrance of the Villas on the Green condominium complex in Jupiter. Rather, they are asserting that the condo association and management firm were negligent because the hedges at the entrance were too high and the placement of a stop sign blocked the driver’s visibility. Read the rest »
It was with bittersweet emotions that the father of a 23-year-old man accepted the diploma from Florida State University on his behalf. The young man was not there to receive the diploma himself because he had been struck and killed on Thanksgiving morning as he walked in a crosswalk on Southwest 10th Street in Ocala.
The 26-year old driver of the red Chevrolet Blazer that struck him left the scene of the accident. Police reports said there were no skid marks that indicated the driver had slowed down before striking the man — or even used the brakes after he hit him. Read the rest »
That has been the number of pedestrian fatalities in Lee County, Florida in the month of February so far. The latest, a man who was struck and killed early in the morning on Golden Estates Road in Collier, marks the second pedestrian death in Collier this year.
On the heels of this and other pedestrian deaths, the Florida Department of Transportation is looking at the top ten counties in Florida where a high percentage of pedestrian deaths occur and will be holding discussions with local authorities to try to find out why the death rates are so high and what to do about it. Other high-risk counties are Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, and Hillsborough. Read the rest »
10News in Tampa reports that a 14-year-old Lakeland High School student was killed Tuesday afternoon, January 17, after she was hit by a school bus as she crossed the street after school was let out. A substitute driver was behind the wheel of the bus, which had 28 students from Southwest Elementary School. The young teen was heading across West Beacon Road when the bus driver made a left turn and hit her. The teen was taken to Tampa General Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 4:37 p.m.
Our sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of this young girl. Please keep the family in your prayers. Her school was devastated upon hearing the news, and counselors were made available to students. Read the rest »
You see this situation all the time: a tow truck arrives on the scene of a stranded car along the interstate. This time, the tow truck driver was hit and killed by a passing car on Interstate 95. The Palm Beach Post reports the accident happened Monday, January 2, as the 46-year-old employee of Emerald Towing pulled alongside a disabled vehicle on Interstate 95 south of Woolbright Road. The car’s owner was nowhere to be found as he had been arrested earlier in the day. Besides removing the car, the worker had to pick up traffic cones on I-95 that had alerted drivers to the stranded car. Unfortunately, there was a traffic slowdown on northbound I-95 and a Toyota Camry driver swerved to miss the car in front of him. Instead, he went into the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane and hit the tow truck driver; he was then taken to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Farah & Farah extend its sincere condolences to the friends and family of this man who was just doing his job. Read the rest »
Channel 4 in Jacksonville reports that Sunday night, November 13, a pedestrian died on a Clay County road after he was hit by an SUV. The collision happened before 7 pm on U.S. 17 and Radar Road in Fleming Island. Investigators believe this is a tragic accident and that the 61-year-old woman did not see the man she struck until it was too late due to the area being very dark and without street lights where the collision occurred.
The woman did stop her SUV and cooperate with law enforcement. Channel 4 says charges could be pending, though there is no information whether she was too far over to the right or if the pedestrian was walking in the bicycle lane or in the road.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of this unidentified man. Read the rest »