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Pedestrian Fatalities at 30-Year High

February 12, 2021 | Category: Pedestrian Accidents | Share

In 2020, WINK-TV reported the number of people killed while walking on the street was at a 30-year high nationwide. Tragically, Southwest Florida continues to have too many hit-and-run pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian Fatalities at 30-Year High - Spivey LawOne such accident is memorialized in North Fort Myers. It marks where a young person was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking home with her best friend.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says the deadly trend of pedestrian accidents is getting worse. It reports three out of four pedestrians are killed in the dark.

According to the GHSA, Florida has taken some action, including:

  • Creating a geographic information system (GIS) database of traffic crashes that result in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. The data is used to identify areas with the highest number of crashes to strategically target resources.
  • Initiating a High Visibility Enforcement Campaign to support both education and enforcement in high traffic crash areas. The Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida developed 4-hour classroom-based training to assist officers in this effort. The training is required for every officer who participates in traffic enforcement details.
  • Branding Florida’s Bicycle Pedestrian Focused Initiative as Alert Today Florida. This program provides education in several multimedia formats.
  • Targeting unsafe behaviors of those in specified areas of the highest representation of traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Establishing statewide pedestrian safety engineering policies and providing guidance to local governments.
  • Establishing statewide pedestrian safety engineering policies and providing guidance to local government, including implementation of modern roundabouts to slow traffic and reduce conflict points.
  • Partnering with the Florida Departments of Health and Transportation to develop an economic impact study of pedestrians and bicyclists involved in traffic crashes. This includes the most common injury types sustained in crashes. Knowing the injury types helps with training EMS and health care professionals when they address these types of injuries.

“If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident because of the negligence of another, please contact our experienced Fort Myers pedestrian accident legal team after seeking medical attention. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. We have a history of securing compensation for accident victims and their families. For example, we obtained a $2 million settlement for a family in the wrongful death of its 78-year-old mother in a pedestrian accident caused by a tractor-trailer. For more information on client settlements, please go to Case Results. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are available 24/7,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers accident attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.


Fort Myers Pedestrian Accident 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  Visit 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.

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