Causes of Florida Pedestrian Accidents
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:
- Distracted driving: Drivers talking on cell phones, texting, looking at maps, or adjusting the radio can all lead to pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
- Speeding: The greater a driver’s speed, the less reaction time they have and the earlier they need to apply the brakes when stopping. Drivers are urged to stay under the posted speed limit.
- Drivers failing to stop at stoplights or stop signs: Stoplights and stop signs are places where pedestrians usually cross streets.
- Drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks: Pedestrians always have the right of way in crosswalks.
- Drivers backing up without looking: When drivers back up, they need to do more than look in their rearview mirror because mirrors have blind spots. Drivers must actually look in the direction they’re moving.
- Pedestrians not crossing streets at crosswalks or not obeying traffic signals: While a driver still needs to look out for pedestrians, pedestrians can reduce their chances of being hit by adhering to traffic rules.
- Distracted pedestrians: Just like distracted drivers, pedestrians texting or talking on their phones can cause accidents.
- Driving under the influence: Impaired drivers are at an increased risk for causing all types of accidents.
If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian, you likely have suffered some serious injuries. To get compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, you’ll need to contact a dedicated pedestrian accident attorney. The legal team at Farah & Farah has been successfully representing Florida injury victims for over 35 years. Call us today at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.