COVID-19 Restrictions Add More Bicyclist and Pedestrian TrafficMay 13, 2020 | Category: Bike Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents | Share
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) says, “Each year, unfortunately, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities comprise about 16 percent of all traffic fatalities with approximately 5,000 pedestrian deaths and 800 bicyclist deaths. Another 65,000 pedestrians and 48,000 bicyclists are injured in roadway crashes annually.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more bicyclists and pedestrians are outdoors enjoying Florida’s environment and sharing the roads with motorized vehicles. However, it is important to remember how to share the roads responsibly with more bicyclist and walker traffic.
There are fewer vehicles on our roads during the pandemic because many businesses have shut down. During this time, many drivers believe they may not need to follow traffic rules. The attitude is “Nobody else is on the road, so it doesn’t matter whether I obey the rules.” Every driver needs to assume he/she is going to be sharing the road with others, even if the streets seem quiet. They must make full stops at stop signs, stop for red lights, slow down for yellow lights, etc.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department reported a pedestrian accident occurred when a truck driver traveling eastbound lost control of his vehicle. Eyewitnesses said that the truck spun around multiple times before eventually hitting a light pole and several pedestrians.
“We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. want to remind drivers to minimize distractions, watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians, and watch out for children who are not in school. Victims of pedestrian and pedestrian accidents can obtain compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death action. This can be used to defray medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, long-term care expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering,” said Collier County Personal Injury Lawyer Randall Spivey.
Collier County Personal Injury Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.