Pedestrian safety should be a top priority for motorists in Citrus County and throughout the state of Florida. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Everyone is a Pedestrian” safety campaign is geared towards raising awareness about the dangers pedestrians face on U.S. roadways everyday.
The NHTSA wants to increase the level of understanding about what motorists and walkers can do to improve overall roadway safety. Their slogan, “Everyone is a Pedestrian” is aimed at helping drivers think about the fact that pedestrians are roadway users too, and that pedestrians are everywhere.
Pedestrian Injury and Death Collision Statistics
- In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
- In that same year, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes, on average.
- Pedestrians accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2013.
- In 2013, three percent of all of those injured in motor vehicle accidents were pedestrians.
The NHTSA urges everyone to remember that anytime you are not in your vehicle, you are a pedestrian. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a pedestrian, you are in and out of your car in parking lots on a daily or weekly basis. It is important for motorists to look out for pedestrians in order to keep roadways safe. One way to improve pedestrian safety is for motorists to make a commitment to distraction-free driving. You cannot look out for pedestrians if you are not focused on the road.
Listed below are a few more safety tips for motorists:
- Always be on the lookout for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
- Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions.
- Be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk.
- Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
Safety is a shared responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians. If you or someone you care for has been injured in a pedestrian accident, a Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help. Call us today at 352-726-0078 or contact us online for a free consultation.