On the morning of March 26, 2019, yet another pedestrian death occurred in Tallahassee, Florida. This time from a car on pedestrian accident that occurred on Monroe Street. As Tallahassee continues to grow, there have been an alarming number of avoidable car on pedestrian crashes that have caused serious personal injuries and numerous deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just published (March 2019) its Traffic Safety Facts related to pedestrians using the 2017 data wherein there were 5,890 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the United States. That equates to more than 16 pedestrian fatalities a day. In 2017, Florida had the second highest pedestrian fatality rate of any state; and, Tallahassee, Florida had the twenty-fifth highest pedestrian fatality rate of any city in the United States.
What can be done? Whether you are a pedestrian or driver, follow the rules of the road. Pedestrians should walk on a sidewalk and use crosswalks when available. Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians. Drivers should always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and stop at intersections where the driver intends to take a right on red to ensure that there are not pedestrians in the intersection. Pedestrians need to be cautious and be as visible as possible. Your Rights. Your Lawyer. Your Personal Injury Law Firm.