Call Us Now

Rise In Florida Pedestrian Deaths Concerns Officials

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on October 26, 2015

A sharp rise in the number of Lake County pedestrian deaths has officials very concerned about safety. To date in 2015, there have been 12 pedestrian deaths in the county. Comparatively, there were eight pedestrian deaths in all of 2014. The last year the number of victims was this high was 2011, when there were eleven deaths for the entire year.

The data tells officials that something needs to be done to protect pedestrians. There have been over 6,600 pedestrian accidents in the state of Florida so far this year, with over 400 fatalities. While some of the deaths involve persons who were off of the road, most of the accidents occurred when pedestrians were trying to cross thoroughfares, and many of them occurred at night.

Officials believe that educating the public is vital to saving lives. Pedestrians are encouraged to use crosswalks where possible and to wear reflective clothing if they know they will be walking at night. This is especially important in areas with low or no artificial lighting. If there are sidewalks or areas along the road that are safe for walking, but out of the line of traffic, pedestrians should make every effort to utilize them. By putting distance between yourself and traffic, you increase the time you have to react to a vehicle in your path. And seconds can be the difference between life and death.

Officials also remind motorists that pedestrians always have the right of way. It is important to remain vigilant behind the wheel, as often pedestrians in the road can be hard to see, especially at night. If you are travelling a stretch where there are often pedestrians, motorists are encouraged to slow down and keep an eye out for persons travelling on foot. Avoiding distractions such as eating while driving or talking on a cell phone are also discouraged while driving.

If you have been injured in a vehicle/pedestrian accident, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

Connect with James O. Cunningham on Google+

Related Articles:

Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373