Back in November, a Coral Gables postal worker was walking to work when he was struck and run over by an inattentive parallel parker. The driver didn’t realize she had hit a pedestrian and ran over the man a second time when she shifted the vehicle into drive. The postal worker sustained head injuries but survived the ordeal. He had just turned in his notice of retirement before the accident happened.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?
This pedestrian survived his accident, but not everyone is so lucky. In 2011, Florida’s pedestrian fatality rate was almost two times the national rate, and 499 people died from pedestrian traffic accidents the year before. Our state has taken measures to increase the safety of every person walking in our state, and we want you to know how you can do your part.
How Can I Avoid A Pedestrian Crash?
Remember to use crosswalks whenever possible when you are out on a walk, and be mindful of any vehicle approaching or crossing an intersection. Sidewalks are also the best place for you to walk, but if there are none, you should walk on the shoulder facing traffic—so drivers can see you, and you can see them. Also remember to wear bright clothes and carry a flashlight if you plan to go walking at night.
The elderly and children are most vulnerable, so watching out for them can help, but drivers must also pay attention to help lower these numbers. Reckless and negligent drivers must be held accountable for their actions, and the attorneys of Colson Hicks Eidson have over 40 years of experience helping victims of auto accidents. Do you have ideas on how to improve pedestrian safety in Coral Gables? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Colson Hicks Eidson — Personal Injury Attorneys