Category: Pedestrian Accidents
College campuses are usually high density areas surrounded by intersecting major roads and highways. The combination of high population density, major roads, pedestrians, and bicyclists make this a potentially dangerous situation.
Florida has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the nation. Crosswalks are designed to provide a safe area for pedestrians crossing the road.
U.S. pedestrian fatalities increased 41 percent since 2008, and Florida was among the top 5 states in the nation in 2018.
Public rights-of-way are still being designed to produce a predictable outcome of dangerous roadways.
The National Safety Council said that, on average, at least 60,000 are injured and 500 more die in the 50,000 plus crashes in parking lots and garages every year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new study in May 2018 which found that pedestrian fatalities increased between 2009 and 2016. The largest spike in single-vehicle fatal pedestrian crashes involved SUVs.
Reducing speed and alcohol impairment is the key to preventing pedestrian deaths.
Since early January of this year, 2 people have been killed and 5 others severely injured in South Florida when they tried to cross railroad tracks. Pedestrian railroad accidents are the leading cause of deaths on railways.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center said in their research brief, “An Overview of Automated Enforcement Systems and Their Potential for Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety” that, “Data on the total number of bicyclist and pedestrian injuries and deaths as a result of traffic crashes reveals persistent problems.”
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.