February Is Deadly Month for Pedestrians in Lee and Collier Counties

by Carmen Dellutri on March 8, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyAs Fort Myers accident attorneys, we are extremely concerned about the growing number of pedestrian fatalities in Lee and Collier Counties. Tragically, five pedestrians were killed in the month of February alone.

Several of the accidents occurred in the same week. On Feb. 10, a 62-year-old Illinois man was struck and killed by a car on Route 41 in south Fort Myers. The day before, a Naples man was killed while walking in the roadway in Golden Gate Estates in Collier County.

Adding to the string of fatalities, two pedestrians were killed on Feb. 8: an 87-year-old woman was hit by a Corvette in south Fort Myers, and a 44-year-old man was struck on the side of the road after a two-car accident in Cape Coral. At the beginning of the month, an Estero High School student was killed while crossing U.S. 41 in Estero.

As reported by News-Press.com, Lee County sheriff’s Deputy Vernon Tyus said the high number of snowbirds and tourists likely played a part in the high number of pedestrian deaths. Visitors are more likely to be distracted than locals while driving because they are unfamiliar with the area, he said.

To stay safe when you are travelling on foot in Lee and Collier counties, we would like to share the following NHTSA safety tips:

  • Walk on the Sidewalk: Stay on the sidewalk and crosswalks. Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. 
If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
  • Cross at Intersections: Most people are hit by cars when they cross the road at places other than intersections.
  • Look left, right, and left for traffic: Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again for traffic. Stopping at the curb signals drivers that you intend to cross. Cross in marked crosswalks and obey the signal.
  • See and be seen: This means staying out of the driver's blind spot, making eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets, wearing bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night, and 
carrying a flashlight when walking in the dark.

For more information about what to do if you are injured in a Fort Myers pedestrian accident, please click here.

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 Fort Myers pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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