In most northern US states, the significant difference between weather in the summer and winter months means more people on foot once the temperatures rise. That may not be the case around Miami, but you might be surprised to learn how pedestrian accidents spike from June through August. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, (FLHSMV), almost 200 people are killed and more than 2,600 victims are injured in the 3,300 pedestrian accidents that occur in South Florida every year. Approximately one-half of these incidents happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
There are multiple factors that combine to create safety risks when walking in the summertime, and the details are useful to know in terms of prevention. However, the statistics above are proof that injuries to people on foot still occur despite the use of caution. You should discuss your legal options with a Miami pedestrian accidents attorney, as you may be entitled to compensation for your losses as a victim. Some background on the reasons behind the spike is also helpful.
The sun sets several hours later in June as compared to December, so the light tends to inspire walking and more physical activity well into the evening hours. With more pedestrians sharing Miami streets and roadways, there are implications for motorist traffic. Increased congestion and more moving parts requires drivers to pay closer attention to ALL road users, but they may be less than vigilant.
Kids Out of School
Another factor that increases foot traffic – and therefore requires motorists to be focused – is summer break for Miami-Dade schools. Children take advantage of their vacation to enjoy the outdoors and warm-weather activities, but they are exposed to the risk of pedestrian accidents in doing so. Besides more walking traffic, a child’s smaller size and unfamiliarity with Florida traffic laws can be issues for motorists.
The “100 Deadliest Days of Summer” is a safety campaign established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to draw attention to the period when fatal teen auto crashes rise dramatically – between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There are numerous factors at play, but a lack of experience is a major issue for teen car collisions. This same inexperience increases the potential for pedestrian accidents.
Increase in Alcohol Use
Summer is a time for many celebrations, weddings, graduations, and other events, and alcohol often accompanies the festivities. Impairment affects a driver’s physical and mental capabilities, posing a threat to people on foot. However, the potential for serious accidents also increases when the pedestrian has been drinking.
Our Miami Pedestrian Accidents Lawyers Will Assist With Your Claim
These factors and others may lead to an increase in injuries to people on foot, but the underlying cause behind pedestrian accidents is motorist negligence. You may be entitled to compensation in a successful claim, and our team at Gerson & Schwartz, PA can guide you. Please contact our offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL today to schedule a free consultation.