The Most Common Pedestrian Accidents

Maybe it’s because of the sun, and the warm year-round temperatures, but when it comes to being the top five, Florida, unfortunately, is usually at, or near, the top when it comes to pedestrian deaths. While the statistics haven’t yet been compiled for 2018, in 2017, Florida came in at #2 amongst all other states when it came to pedestrians killed by vehicles, with only California beating out the state.

But why are pedestrian accidents—especially with vehicles—so common here? What is it that makes people in Florida, especially in Miami-Dade County, so much more prone to vehicular run-ins than other states?

Tourism


Because Florida is such a popular tourist state for both Americans and visitors from around the world, this means there’s a much higher population of unfamiliar drivers on the road. People paying more attention to their GPS than the road, or just people not used to driving on the right side of the road, are more prone to accidents here than residents.

Lack Of Sidewalks


It’s sad to say, but while Florida has extensive systems in place to make travel easier for drivers, the same is not always true for pedestrians. There are some portions of Florida streets where there are no sidewalks, forcing any pedestrian that’s walking to use the shoulder of a road instead. All it takes is one inattentive pedestrian or driver straying from the line for an accident to occur.

Debris & Road Obstacles


When there’s an obstruction on the road, such as a large, unfixed pothole, or a barrier to redirect drivers from construction work, or some other diversion, this forces drivers to stray from their predictable, reliable pathways on the road. With poor timing and inattentiveness, that can sometimes mean striking pedestrians that are not on the road but are in the way of a car temporarily leaving a road.

Night Driving


The majority of Florida’s pedestrian-related accidents have occurred at night. Many factors contribute to nighttime accidents, from tired, drowsy drivers being inattentive, to insufficient visible clothing on pedestrians crossing the street, to just a general reduction in reaction time, due to the night conditions making it harder to see pedestrians. Corners for turns are especially bad for this, as headlights only throw light directly ahead, making it harder to see objects on the sides promptly.

Intersections & Crosswalks


It should come as no surprise that one area where car accidents occur with pedestrians is the part of the road where pedestrians and cars often come into contact with each other. Crosswalks, especially at busy intersections, may be the site of accidents with pedestrians for the simple reason that sometimes drivers are in a rush. Intersections that permit left turns, for example, are a common accident area. Drivers know they have only a limited time to make their left-turn and may often do so while forgetting to check for pedestrians crossing the street at the same time because they have the right of way, and are, theoretically, under the protection of the walk signal.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a pedestrian due to the negligence of a driver, talk to a pedestrian accident lawyer, and get help.


 

Client Testimonials

Attorney David Goldman has been exceptional in the process of helping me through the case. He has always been easy to reach, whether by phone or email, and has thorough knowledge and explains clearly in depth so you feel safe and confident in your lawyer

I used Michael Babboni and his paralegal, Nicole Moore for a legal matter. They went above and beyond my expectations. During the entire process there was constant communication with both Michael and Nicole. They were extremely organized and on top of my case, which I am very grateful for. Michael truly had my best interests at heart and he was very genuine. I plan on referring Michael to all family and friends and will continue to use him in the future.

I dealt most with Mr. Fernandez. I didn’t know a lot about this process. He took the time to speak with me individually, in person, to explain everything. It was very helpful to actually know and understand the process and what to expect. He closed my case quickly, which was nice that it was not prolonged! I appreciated his hard work and getting me what I felt I deserved after my car accident. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an honest and reliable lawyer to assist you with your case!

I hired Mr. Walsh after an automobile accident this past March. He and his entire staff were extremely professional. They kept me informed every step of the way and settled my case in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help.

Get Your Free Case Review

Fill out my online form.

Law Offices Near You

Sarasota Office

Sarasota

941-954-1234

3550 S Tamiami Trail, 3rd Floor Sarasota Florida 34239

Bradenton Office

Bradenton

941-752-7000

5291 Office Park Blvd. Bradenton Florida 34203

St. Petersburg Office

St. Petersburg

727-381-9200

6446 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Florida 33707

Venice Office

Venice

941-496-9555

3986 S. Tamiami Trail Venice Florida 34293

Englewood Office

Englewood

941-474-4800

2960 S. McCall Rd Englewood Florida 34224

Port Charlotte Office

Port Charlotte

941-613-1141

3986 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte Florida 33952

Arcadia Office

Arcadia

863-494-0122

10 South DeSoto Avenue Arcadia Florida 34266

Fort Myers Office

Fort Myers

239-332-0770

8359 Beacon Blvd Fort Myers Florida 33907

Lakeland Office

Lakeland

863-683-5600

5137 S. Lakeland Dr. Lakeland Florida 33813

Experienced Injury Lawyers Fighting to Make Them Pay!


 
×