Pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers are expected to share the road in Florida. The Sunshine State is always busy as it is a popular tourist destination and residents travel extensively within the state. Given the number of people on the road, it is important to be vigilant. This is especially true with the start of another school year.
Statistically, the numbers throughout the state are worrisome. Considering the chance of an auto accident and the challenges that will inevitably rise in the aftermath, it is important to think about how to remain safe while simultaneously being cognizant of what can be done to recover personally and financially after the accident.
Florida has a high rate of pedestrian fatalities
In recent months, Florida has been under the microscope for being near the top in the United States for pedestrian fatalities. Multiple municipalities in the state appeared on the list compiled by Smart Growth.
In the top 20 most dangerous locations for pedestrians in 2022, Florida was represented by eight metro areas. A noted problem in the state is said to be how roads are designed. Driver behavior was also a factor as there has been a spike in speeding and recklessness. This is added to the ongoing problems of distraction and drivers who are under the influence.
AAA reminds drivers to be cautious
AAA is trying to help with road safety by reminding everyone on the road to be cautious, especially when bicyclists, pedestrians and children are present.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that three children lose their lives every day in an auto accident. In Florida, there were 302 child pedestrian fatalities in 2021. More than 10,000 suffered injuries. There were 82 child bicyclist fatalities and more than 9,000 injuries.
As mentioned earlier, distraction and speeding are two primary catalysts for accidents involving children after school starts. Drivers are expected to reduce their speed and be more attentive when they are in a school zone, but many flout the law and drive as fast and as dangerously as they do in other areas. More teens will be on the road and given their inexperience and tendency to behave recklessly and negligently, this adds another layer of risk.
Comprehensive, local help can be key after an auto accident
Auto accidents can change a person’s life in an instant. It can also end their lives. To recover compensation for what was lost in a crash, it is imperative to remember to adhere to the details. Being diligent about the case requires professional guidance. Simply trusting legal advice that crops up on television or the internet is frequently a mistake. Discussing the case with professionals who are familiar with Florida, understand its residents, are well-versed in the law and know how the state roads can be problematic is a good start.
A collision can leave a person wondering what they will do. This is true if there are injuries or a family is left behind following a fatal crash. Income might decline, medical expenses can be massive and people are unsure of how they will make ends meet while regaining their health. Anyone who is in this situation must remember their rights. Calling for community-minded legal help can give assistance and information with the available options to pursue justice.