Pedestrian Sustains Injuries in Hit-and-Run Accident, Continuing the Trend that Florida is a Dangerous State
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA – According to an online news article published by www.wkrg.com, a pedestrian suffered injuries in a late-evening hit-and-run accident.*
In the evening hours, a pedestrian was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle on Mobile Highway near New Warrington Road. Local authorities blocked the area to investigate the accident further. Reports indicate that the pedestrian sustained injuries. However, the type and severity of injuries is unknown.
Florida Remains a Deadly Destination for Pedestrians
While Florida is one of the most popular destinations in the United States for residents, visitors, and tourists, the Sunshine State has some hidden dangers that many people may not know about. One such danger is the risk that a pedestrian will be involved in a traffic accident, and that a pedestrian’s injuries are likely to be severe and potentially fatal.
According to an online news article published by www.miamiherald.com, nine of the twenty deadliest cities in the United States for pedestrians are in Florida, with Orlando being ranked as the least safe city for pedestrians. Such statistics are alarming and may be surprising to even those who have lived in Florida their entire lives.
The reasons for such a significant number of deadly pedestrian accidents in Florida each year stem from a variety of factors, including:
- Congested roadways;
- Increase in the number of pedestrians (population and tourism growth);
- Inattentive driving and/or inattentive walking;
- Failure to yield;
- Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign;
- Driving while intoxicated; and
- Poorly designed roads and crosswalks.
Overall, the responsibility for pedestrian safety relies on a joint effort between drivers, pedestrians, and city planners. While inattention is a growing concern for all motorists and pedestrians, poor road design makes it difficult for many pedestrians to cross a busy intersection safely. Popular destinations will always pose a risk when the sheer number of people present on the roadways is significant. As such, motorists and pedestrians alike should be extra cautious when traveling on Florida’s roads and highways.
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Source: https://www.wkrg.com/news/northwest-florida/pedestrian-hit-by-car-on-mobile-highway-in-escambia-county-fl/1987741889 and https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html