The weather in Florida may be great for a walk most of the year, but you may want to reconsider when you learn that Florida is one of the top five deadliest states for pedestrians. Over the last 30 years, that number has consistently climbed. A study found that two pedestrians will die on average for every 100,000 walkers across the United States. Before you head out the door for your next walk, consider these common factors.
Across the U.S., approximately 20% of all pedestrians killed are senior citizens. Children account for 25% of all pedestrians who suffer injuries. They also account for another 20% of all people killed in these accidents.
Many pedestrian accidents involve the use of an electronic device. Drivers may become distracted because they were on their smartphone. Alternatively, pedestrians may not be paying enough attention because they are busy on theirs.
Speed is a contributing factor in these accidents. Most pedestrians were killed by a vehicle going above 40 miles per hour. If your loved one was one of them, then a personal injury lawyer may be able to help.
Studies indicate that many pedestrians are hit in crosswalks because they wrongly assume that the driver will stop to let them cross the road. The federal government has found that pedestrians crossing a two-lane road are more likely to be hit when using a crosswalk than when not using one.
Drunk driving is hazardous, but it is also dangerous to be a drunk pedestrian. In approximately 34% of all fatalities, authorities determined the pedestrian had a blood alcohol level greater than .08 grams per deciliter.