It may surprise you to learn that pedestrian accidents increase from June to August. Of the nearly 3,300 pedestrian accidents that happen in South Florida each year, almost 200 people are killed and over 2,600 are injured, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLDHSMV). About half of these incidents occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you should consult with a Southwest Florida pedestrian accident lawyer. You are entitled to fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
In June, the sun sets several hours later than it does in December, so increased daylight hours encourages more outdoor activities and walking outside well into the evening. Increased pedestrian traffic means more pedestrians coming into contact with motorists on Southwest Florida’s streets and roadways. However, while most motorists are vigilant looking out for other cars, they oftentimes miss smaller objects they might come across, such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Children Out of School
In addition to the increase in foot traffic during summer months – and therefore, the need for motorists to be more attentive – Charlotte County schools are on summer break. During summer break from school, children enjoy the outdoors and warm-weather activities, which can expose them to the risk of deadly pedestrian accidents. In addition to increased foot traffic, a child’s smaller size and unfamiliarity with Florida traffic laws poses additional problems for motorists.
A safety campaign known as “The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer” has been launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to draw attention to the specific time-period when fatal teen auto accidents increase dramatically – between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Teen car accidents are caused by a variety of factors; but in particular, lack of driving experience is a major factor. This driving inexperience also contributes to increased pedestrian accidents.
Increase in Alcohol Use
There are many celebrations during the summer, including weddings, graduations, and holidays. Alcohol is almost always present during these events. Driver impairment affects a driver’s physical and mental capabilities, posing a severe threat to pedestrians. However, pedestrians who have consumed alcohol are also more likely to be involved in serious accidents.
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