Category: Pedestrian Accidents
In the just released report Dangerous by Design 2016, Smart Growth America (SGA) ranks the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area as the number 1 most dangerous metro area for pedestrians.
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reported that in 2013 one in every five children under the age of 14 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. Many of these pedestrian accidents happen in school zones and as the result of vehicle back-overs.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, on August 29, 2016 issued the following comment in a press release, "Despite decades of safety improvements, far too many people are killed on our nation’s roads every year. Solving this problem will take teamwork, so we're issuing a call to action and asking researchers, safety experts, data scientists, and the public to analyze the fatality data and help find ways to prevent these tragedies.”
A new report issued in March 2016 by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association estimates that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic increased 10 percent from 2014 to 2015 in the U.S.
Florida can be a dangerous place for those who chose to travel by foot. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2014, there were 4,884 (including 588 in Florida) pedestrians killed and an estimated 65,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States. Roads, intersections and even parking areas in Florida tend not to be designed with pedestrian safety as a primary concern. Traffic moves fast in Florida and tragically, pedestrians can often be left in unsafe...
Every week the news media covers at least one pedestrian/vehicle accident in Florida. Here are just three of them which happened in the last few weeks. They are startling remembrances of just how many pedestrians are injured or killed on our roads. Drivers need to be alert.
It is not uncommon to see people of all ages riding bicycles, motorcycles and dirt bikes all throughout Florida. The warm, sunny weather often makes riding a bike an attractive transportation option for many individuals. Along with bike riding comes some risks, and unfortunately, two individuals recently lost their lives in a dirt bike vs. pedestrian crash.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for the disability of an estimated 5.3 million Americans with the highest rate of injury occurring between the ages of 15 and 24. Those under the age of 5 and over the age of 75 are also at high risk, according to the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA).
Children are taught to look both ways before crossing the street, but this common instruction is not enough to prevent kids from being at greater risk than adults of getting into a car crash. Pedestrian accident victims are most likely to be either children or the elderly, and kids face a high rate of both serious injuries and death when they are struck by vehicles.
Throughout the United States, pedestrians face significant risk of injury on the roadways. In 2011, the Tampa Tribune warned that studies had revealed Florida to be the worst state in the country when it comes to pedestrian safety. By 2014, Florida had last this undesirable title, but WTSP reported that Florida was still the fifth most dangerous location for walkers. The rankings of which locations are the highest risk are determined by comparing the rate of fatalities among pedestrians per...