Drivers in Florida have a duty to operate their vehicles with due care to avoid striking pedestrians. However, Florida is no stranger to distracted or dangerous drivers. Distracted drivers are a serious threat to pedestrians.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injury, such as broken bones or brain damage, as well death. In Florida for 2016, there were over 9,000 injuries to pedestrian-involved crashes – with 667 resulting in death. That is more than one person injured or killed every hour as a pedestrian.
Pedestrian injuries and deaths occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common ones include:
- Distracted drivers
- Aggressive drivers
- Improper lane changes
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Failing to keep proper lookout
- Failing to yield