An Inside Look at Some Revealing Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

November 21, 2013

Pedestrian Accidents

pedestrian accident statisticsWhile crossing a street may seem like a simple part of everyday life, it can sometimes lead to tragedy. Florida pedestrian accident statistics show just how serious the problem is.

Some Statistics

The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department reveals that about 500 pedestrians die and about 7,500 pedestrians are seriously injured each year in Florida. Additionally, Florida pedestrian accident statistics show that the number of accidents continues to increase each year. Men are nearly twice as likely to die from a pedestrian accident, particularly men who are between 45 and 54 years of age.

Pedestrian Rules

Florida has a statute regarding pedestrians that is codified at 316.130. Some of the information found within this statute includes:

  • Pedestrians must use a sidewalk if it is available
  • Standing in the road to hitch hike or sell items is prohibited
  • Drivers must stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk
  • It is prohibited to cross a road between adjacent intersections without using a crosswalk
  • Drivers cannot pass a vehicle that is stopped for a pedestrian who is at a crosswalk
  • Pedestrians do not always have the right of way
  • Pedestrians must use the most direct route to cross a road, with the exception of the use of a crosswalk

Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, a personal injury lawyer serving St. Pete may be able to assist you. A personal injury lawyer knows the law regarding pedestrians and will use this information to your benefit. In many cases, pedestrians do have the right of way.

A pedestrian may be able to recover from the damages that he or she sustains, such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Many pedestrian accidents result in tragic fatalities. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

 

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