Pedestrians are everywhere in the Longwood and Greater Orlando region. While walkable communities are a big draw for states such as Florida, accidents involving pedestrians are all too common.
Each year, more than 4,500 fatal pedestrian accidents occur nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Florida Patch states there were an estimated 303 pedestrian deaths in Florida between January 2017 - June 2017. That's a rate of 1.44 per 100,000 people and the 5th highest rate in the country.
Pedestrian deaths are common in Florida
Florida and four other states — California, Texas, New York, and Arizona — accounted for 43 percent of all pedestrian deaths during the first six months of 2017. Those states only represent about 30 percent of America's population.
A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated automobiles on the effectiveness of their pedestrian detection systems.
The good news for Floridians is 9 of the 11 small SUVs evaluated received advanced or superior ratings for preventing pedestrian crashes. The bad news is pedestrian deaths have risen 45 percent since reaching their lowest point 10 years ago.
The ratings come amid renewed focus on the problem of crashes involving pedestrians, according to the IIHS. Vehicles are becoming safer with new pedestrian detection systems, including auto-brake features. Cameras and sensors that scan roadways for pedestrians – and even animals – could help prevent crashes, injuries and even deaths.
Common pedestrian crashes
The study tested three of the most common crashes involving pedestrians:
- An adult pedestrian on the right side of the street in the path of an oncoming vehicle
- A child darting into the street from behind two parked vehicles
- An adult walking in the travel lane with his back turned away from traffic
"The best possible outcome is to avoid hitting a pedestrian altogether," said David Aylor, the Institute's manager of active safety testing. "When a crash is unavoidable, sharply reducing a vehicle's travel speed would give someone on foot a far greater chance of surviving any injuries in a similar real-world encounter with a passenger vehicle."
Hopefully you will always walk safely through Longwood and Orlando, but if you are ever involved in a pedestrian accident, attorney Scott M. Miller can help. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC to schedule your free consultation.