Safety Campaign Highlights Pedestrian Risks

by Carmen Dellutri on August 27, 2013

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyIn response to a recent spike in pedestrian fatalities, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a new safety initiative, entitled “Everyone is a Pedestrian.” The goal is to highlight that pedestrian safety is an issue that impacts everyone on the road.

“Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

According to the NHTSA, pedestrians were among the few categories of road users where fatalities increased, accounting for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities in 2011, up 3 percent from 2010. If the figures remain the same, one pedestrian will be injured every 8 minutes and one will die every 2 hours in a traffic crash this year.

Below are a few other important statistics about pedestrian crashes:

  • Some situations are more risky. Nearly 3 out of 4 pedestrian deaths occur in urban environments, at non-intersections, during the nighttime.
  • Alcohol plays a role in many pedestrian accidents. More than a third of the pedestrians killed, and 1 in 8 of the drivers in pedestrian fatalities, had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 g/dL or higher
  • Pedestrians and drivers alike fail to obey traffic laws. Only 60 percent of pedestrians said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-of-way.

For information about steps Florida is taking to improve pedestrian safety, please stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.

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