Category: Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers need to be particularly vigilant during the holiday season. Pedestrians are everywhere and are one of the few groups, according to NHTSA, to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2016 with 5,987 deaths.
Halloween is one of the most eagerly awaited nights of the year for kids. Dressing up in their favorite costumes, trick-or-treating in the community, collecting lots of goodies and being with friends and family make Halloween a kid’s dream. Unfortunately, it can also be a safety nightmare.
Reasons Drivers Give for Not Seeing Pedestrians - NHTSA reports that close to 5,000 pedestrians die in motor-vehicle-related accidents each year. Not seeing a pedestrian when driving should not happen.
Drivers are legally responsible for controlling their vehicles and need to be on the alert for distracted pedestrians.
The Governors' Highway Safety Association has just released the numbers. Florida is on pace in 2017 to a record of 600 pedestrian accidents in one year, the second highest rate in the country.
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...