Pedestrian Seriously Injured When Struck By Car
A man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle while walking in the road one recent early morning. According to reports, the man suffered serious injuries and is still in critical condition at a local hospital. Details regarding the accident are few, but the incident brings to mind the importance of pedestrian safety in our area as we enjoy all the year-round outdoor activities we are afforded in South Florida.
Pedestrian Deaths And Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as recently as in 2013 nearly 5,000 pedestrians were involved in fatal accidents, a surprising statistic that breaks down to a pedestrian dying as a result of a crash once every two hours. During the same year there were over 150,000 pedestrians who were involved in non-fatal crashes that required emergency treatment for injuries sustained in those crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works towards raising awareness of pedestrian safety and the dangers all of us face when using our roadways as pedestrians and offers a wealth of safety resources to all types of groups including parents, educators, and safety advocates to help them join in the effort to make the roads safer for all users and decrease pedestrian deaths. In addition to their focus on pedestrians, their concern reaches to bicyclists as well; their approach has been to focus on the top 20 cities for pedestrian and bicyclist deaths and other cities having higher populations and address safety issues affecting these groups of vulnerable road users. Following some simple safety measures can go a long way towards making a noticeable difference in the death rates for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Health Benefits Of Biking And Walking
The risks of using shared roadways for biking and walking cannot be ignored, but the health benefits of these forms of activity make it even more important that we do everything possible to minimize the risks. Millions of people enjoy these activities every day and studies show that a decrease in these types of activities and the lack of physical activity in general is closely associated with the number of deaths caused by strokes and heart attacks. Ensuring the safety of those engaged in these healthy activities is important to allow people of all ages to feel comfortable participating in these activities even as they grow older.
Let Us Help You Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident of any type, the best step you can take is to turn to the attorneys at Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale for help with your legal matter. Our professionals have experience with all types of auto accidents, those involving pedestrians or not, and will advocate tirelessly on your behalf to get you the results you deserve. You do not need to face an often complicated legal process alone – our attorneys and staff are here to help. Let our experience work for you – contact us by calling 954.556.5260 or visiting us online and let us get started working toward your recovery today.