Clean transportation at its finest – your legs! But is it worth it? It seems not. Florida and Delaware are the two worst states to go for a walk in according to recent statistics. Recent numbers released by the GHSA (Governor’s Highway Safety Association) say there were almost 6,000 pedestrian fatalities between January and June, 2016. That’s an 11% increase in pedestrian involved deaths on roadways – in the first half of the year! Numbers haven’t increased that much in nearly 40 years.
Researchers blame old roads and outdated designs that don’t make accommodations for today’s car-less society for this rise. “Florida and Delaware don’t have a monopoly on drunk or distracted pedestrians who just happen to be jaywalking in dark clothing,” said a Transportation expert to CNN Tech.
Distracted Pedestrian and Other Tips
To begin with, make sure you know where you’re going and how you’re going get there. As the article mentioned, many roads in Florida are not designed with bicycle and pedestrian travel in mind. Knowing where you can cross busy intersections more safely is the first step. Map out your route with safety in mind. Also, don’t take unnecessary risks when traveling on foot. This past year saw many instances of extreme examples involving distracted pedestrians, and drivers, thanks to PokémonGo®. You can control some risk by being aware of your surroundings and by paying attention. Think, just because it’s my right of way does that mean I will come out the winner if I challenge a 4000 pound vehicle traveling 35 miles an hour? Probably not. Lastly, pay attention to the road signs and always obey pedestrian traffic laws when applicable. Getting there safely starts with you!
If you or a loved has been a pedestrian struck by a vehicle and injured, we’re here to help. The bicycle and pedestrian accident lawyers at Heintz & Becker know just how Meticulous Preparation + Aggressive Advocacy = Achieving Justice for our clients. Call us today for a no-obligation, free consultation.