Naples Crash Highlights Importance of Pedestrian Safety at Night

by Carmen Dellutri on October 31, 2013

Cars_Assorted_6090-(14)In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents, while another 70,000 were injured. In Naples, a crash recently left a pedestrian with serious injuries.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the accident took place around 11:30 p.m. at U.S. 41 and Palm Street in East Naples. The pedestrian was crossing the highway mid-block when a driver was unable to avoid the collision. Although the accident is still under investigation, the police indicated that charges are pending.

The risk of a pedestrian crash is highest after dark. In fact, 68 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur during the nighttime, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Because many pedestrian crashes involve alcohol, the weekends are also particularly dangerous. Nearly 50 percent of fatalities occur on Friday (17 percent), Saturday (18 percent), or Sunday (14 percent).

With this in mind, below are a few tips to improve pedestrian safety when walking at night:

  • Increase visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing.
  • Cross the street at a designated crosswalk whenever possible.
  • While walking on a sidewalk is always safest, if you must walk in the street, make sure you are facing traffic.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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