Orlando Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
A recent article published on the popular website Business Insider offered some chilling statistics regarding the rate of pedestrian accidents and deaths throughout the United States. This report, citing a slew of data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, states that during 2016 alone almost 6,000 pedestrians throughout were struck and killed by cars and trucks. This number, currently the highest on record, comes after years of continual increases in the number of pedestrians killed by drivers.
Due to the recent spike in numbers of crashes involving pedestrians within Orange County, deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office have initiated yet another crackdown on violations of crosswalk laws committed by both pedestrians and drivers.
A hit-and-run accident that happened within the Orange County city of Orlando on Monday, November 19th, resulted in several people being hospitalized as well as units with various Orange County emergency crews tending to the crash site. According to Lt. Kim Montes, the spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, the first reports of the incident began to reach emergency call centers shortly before 3:30 in the morning.
A car crash in Satellite Beach this past Friday, November 2nd, resulted in the death of one individual. According to officers with the Satellite Beach Police Department, the incident took place shortly before 7:30 in the evening. The car involved, which was not described in the initial report, was being driven down State Road A1A by an individual who was not named. At this same time, an 82-year-old resident of Merritt Island was standing at the intersection of State Road A1A and Roosevelt Avenue, planning on crossing the busy intersection to reach the home of a relative.
For four years, Florida was ranked the worst state in the nation for pedestrian safety, according to Dangerous by Design, as study of America’s roads. But not anymore. This year, Florida moved down to number five, preceded by Delaware, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Louisiana.
Wilton Drive in Broward, Florida, is a prime spot for pedestrian accidents. More than 80-percent of city accidents involving pedestrians since 2009 have occurred on Wilton Drive, Oakland Park Boulevard, Andrews Avenue, Powerline Road, and Northeast Sixth Avenue, with Wilton Drive taking the majority.
While the Best Foot Forward campaign launched last summer has made some progress, a recent study conducted by MetroPlan Orlando indicates that much work remains in order to make Orlando roadways safer for pedestrians. Area law enforcement officials and pedestrian safety advocates launched the campaign in response to the Orlando metropolitan area’s reputation as being the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrians. High-profile signage and police stings at pedestrian crosswalks has had some impact on getting drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, especially at intersections where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
A recent article published in the Orlando Sentinel shed some light on a distressingly common problem in Central Florida in general and Orlando in particular: the types of injuries that victims often suffer in pedestrian accidents. The writer interviewed Dr. John Promes, who is the medical director of the trauma unit at Orlando Health’s ORMC. Dr. Promes said that victims injured in Orlando pedestrian accidents "are one of our top three types of injuries that we see," along with people injured in auto accidents and slip and fall accidents.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a 56-year-old Wilton Manors woman was recently struck and killed recently while trying to cross Orange Blossom Trail south of Orlando. Troopers say that the victim was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Orange Blossom Trail near Whisper Lakes Boulevard about 9:45 p.m. when she walked into the path of a Nissan Xterra driven by an 18-year-old Orlando woman. Troopers say the driver of the Nissan had no time to avoid striking the pedestrian, and while their investigation is still ongoing, troopers report that they don’t expect to press charges against the driver. The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she died from her injuries shortly after arrival.
A recent editorial published in the Orlando Sentinel caught the eye of Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham recently and resonated so strongly in him that he wanted to share it with his readers. The editorial was written by a local bicyclist named David Moran, who was inspired to craft his opinion after a recent well-publicized bicycle accident where a bicyclist was struck and killed by a fire truck. An excerpt from Mr. Moran’s editorial included the following: