Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took some time to remind pedestrians to walk with care. One of the most careful things that a pedestrian can do is use a crosswalk when crossing the street. The Administration is also focusing some of its efforts on drivers during this time too, asking them to keep an eye out for our on-foot travelers. According to the most recent statistics from the NHTSA, the number of pedestrian fatalities across the nation rose nearly 5 percent in 2010 despite the overall decrease in traffic fatalities.
Our Orlando pedestrian accident lawyers understand that safety campaigns like this one, focused on the safety of pedestrians, are probably most importantly applied in Florida. Orlando has been ranked as the most dangerous metro area in the nation when it comes to pedestrian accidents, injuries and fatalities, according to Transportation For America. In 2010, there were nearly 4,300 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents nationwide. From 2000 to 2009, the Orlando-Kissimmee area saw more pedestrian fatalities than any other area in the nation — more than 600 walkers were killed in accidents. The risks for these kinds of accidents are only expected to increase as we round out the rest of the year, as tourists start to pour in and as residents start to cash in on that vacation time.
“Roadway safety is a two-way street that requires effort on the part of motorists and pedestrians alike,” said USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood. “Whether you choose to travel by foot or car, it’s important to share the roads and stay alert.”
Where are pedestrian accidents most likely to occur?
Pedestrian fatalities accounted for close to 15 percent of all recorded traffic accident deaths for 2010. Pedestrian injuries accounted for nearly 5 percent.
Pedestrians can follow these safe walking tips to help from becoming just a statistic. Share these tips with your friends, family and neighbors to help make Orlando safer for everyone.
-Use sidewalk and crosswalks whenever they’re available.
-Always keep an eye on your surroundings. Just because you’re using a sidewalk or you “think” you’re away from traffic, you can never be too careful. Pedestrians are overlooked by vehicular traffic far too often.
-Never assume that a driver sees you.
-When walking in the early-morning or -night hours, make sure you wear light-colored clothing, reflective materials and even carry a flashlight to help motorists to see you.
-If there’s no crosswalk near where you need to cross, cross the street using a well-lit area and wait for enough space in traffic to get you safely across without hurrying.
-Never walk near freeways, restricted-access highways or other dangerous roads where pedestrians are prohibited.
-Avoid engaging in distractions while walking.
-Never walk near traffic while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the lawyers at Jacobs & Goodman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (407) 788-2949 today!