Is walking or biking to your destination safer? For everyone who decides to walk or take their bike, this poses questions about which is safer. With the warm temperatures and sunny beach days, Floridians do generally choose to walk, jog, or bike to their destinations. Even though is it better for the environment and saves us a buck or two, it also can be very dangerous.
Pedestrian fatalities were high in 2012, killing approximately 4,000 people and injuring around 76,000 people, and in 2013 4,735 pedestrians and 743 bicyclists were killed in accidents. Those numbers are scary for people who decide to bike to the office, or even take their dog on a walk. Drivers must pay attention to pedestrians.
Older adults, especially those over 65, appear to be the highest demographic to be injured or killed in pedestrian accidents. Most elderly men and women would rather walk versus drive, which can end up being extremely dangerous, especially if a driver is being careless and not paying attention to the pedestrians.
Children also can be involved in pedestrian accidents, as they spend a great deal of time playing outside resulting in accidents and sometimes even deaths. Too often, drivers are not paying attention, especially when they are in a rush, resulting in unnecessary accidents. Another dangerous action is looking down at your phone. you can easily miss seeing the young child in the road riding their bike or running out into the street to recover their soccer ball. Children also face the risk of being seriously hurt or injured in a pedestrian accident when they are going to and from school. Around one-third of all pedestrian accidents occur between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and a lot of the accidents involve children on bicycles. A lot of children take the bus, but if the school is close to their house parents often allow their children to walk or bike to school instead of driving them. Accidents like these still happen even in designated school zones when the speed limit is lowered.
Drivers can take many safety measures to avoid accidents with pedestrians. Paying attention to the surroundings is the key to avoiding any accident but especially pedestrian accidents. Taking these small safety measures while on the road just might save someone’s life.
Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer David I. Fuchs represents not only pedestrians but also drivers who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or erratic driving. If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, contact attorney David Fuchs to discuss how best to handle your case.