Drivers are licensed in Florida because they take a lot of responsibility in their hands when they drive vehicles in public. They are also made to understand the risks and hazards related to driving. But pedestrians do not always have this knowledge and rarely have the responsibility.
Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians, according to one study by Smart Growth America highlighting metropolitan areas that pose a particular threat to walkers. In fact, eight of the top 10 pedestrian-unfriendly cities in the country are located in the state. The survey brings together statistics about pedestrian fatalities, walking rates and other issues to compare various regions. The five most dangerous cities on the list were Orlando, Daytona, Palm Bay, Sarasota and Lakeland.
Pedestrians that are struck by cars often sustain serious injuries. Even if a pedestrian was not using a crosswalk, a driver may still be held liable if the accident could have been avoided. There are several ways that Florida drivers can drive carefully around pedestrians to avoid an accident.
In the state of Florida, bicyclists are expected to follow the rules of the road just like motorists. By obeying the law, it may be possible to avoid crashes with automobiles, which are among the most common types of bicycle accidents. There are many steps that a bicyclist could take to avoid a crash, such as using a bike that is an appropriate size.
If you ride a bike in Okaloosa County, you have to “keep your head on a swivel.” The common football adage means that riders must be aware of their surroundings at all times. After all, while most drivers may say that they look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially when they are involved in an accident, the reality is that they don’t always do so.
Pedestrian accidents often leave the pedestrian seriously injured, simply because that person is unprotected against the impact of a collision with a large, heavy vehicle. Even a low-speed impact can have detrimental consequences, and drivers have the responsibility of being cautious and aware of pedestrians and other vulnerable individuals.