Who Is Most at Risk of Having a Pedestrian Accident?August 14, 2020 | Category: Pedestrian Accidents | Share
WINK News reported on February 8, 2020, that pedestrian traffic fatalities are at an all-time high. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says the trend is getting worse – 3 out of 4 pedestrians are killed in the dark, which is a 30-year high nationwide. A GHSA report of January-June 2019 pedestrian fatalities showed Florida had 368 fatalities, ranked second behind California with 519 fatalities.
According to the GHSA, one of the things Florida has done in response to the high fatalities is initiate an education program, Alert Today Florida.
According to the GHSA, “‘Alert Today Florida’ is the branding of Florida’s Bicycle Pedestrian Focused Initiative. Alert Today Florida provides education in several forms: in multimedia formats including a website, digital and social media; through paid and earned media; at local events; using spokespersons/ambassadors and through a statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Resource Center. Educational materials are:
- Directed at all road users;
- Available in a variety of languages to ensure that target audiences understand the information, and
- Distributed strategically based on the context of each community that is at risk, targeting the unsafe behaviors exhibited within those specified areas with the highest representation of traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Materials also provide education on new infrastructure and operational improvements as well as high-visibility enforcement efforts.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the following are at risk of having a pedestrian accident:
Alcohol-impaired drivers and pedestrians
Almost half (47%) of crashes that resulted in a pedestrian death involved alcohol for the driver and/or the pedestrian. One in every three (33%) fatal pedestrian crashes involved a pedestrian with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL), 17% involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 g/dL, and some fatal pedestrian crashes involved both.
Older adults and children
Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10% of all pedestrian injuries in 2017. One in every five children under the age of 15 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians in 2017.
Randall Spivey, Collier County pedestrian accident attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, “Should you or a loved one be injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact our experienced legal team. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we have a monetary recovery for you.”
Collier County Pedestrian Accident Attorney 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.