Because of South Florida’s enjoyable weather, pedestrians can take to the streets all year long. Walking has many advantages over driving, such as saving money at the pump and getting exercise; however this method of transportation has its disadvantages as well. Sadly, people who walk are at risk for being involved in catastrophic South Florida pedestrian accidents.

Statistics have shown that Florida continually tops the charts for being one of the deadliest states for pedestrians, and the worst cities include Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Jacksonville. However, Manatee County has just seen a recent spike in pedestrian deaths with four fatalities reported in just over a week.

The increase in pedestrian fatalities should remind both motorists and pedestrians alike to share the road, watch out for one another, obey road rules, and become more aware of their surroundings on the roadways. The recent deadly Manatee County pedestrian accidents include:

  • October 22, 2012, was the latest non-motorist fatality that claimed the life of Brandt Fergerson, 41, as he was crossing First Street East with his brother. He was thrown into the air upon impact and died the next day from his injuries.
  • October 20, 2012, was a deadly day for 38-year-old Lowsandra Seabrooks. Reports indicate she stepped in front of an approaching car on U.S. 301 and 30th Avenue East and died as a result.
  • October 18, 2012, was the day Theresa Kidd, 52, died after being hit by a dark-colored sedan, in which the driver fled the scene. Kidd was crossing 15th Street East near the intersection of Magellan Drive when the accident occurred.
  • October 14, 2012, was the first day in this string deadly accidents. Shadeed Brandian Wright, 33, was struck by a car in the 5100 block of U.S. 41 and died. Another pedestrian was also hit by a different car and was critically injured.

While some pedestrian accidents in South Florida are the fault of drivers, others are pedestrians’ failures to observe traffic lights and approaching traffic. Pedestrians should always use sidewalks when available, walk facing approaching traffic, and be aware of traffic when in crosswalks. However, drivers are often more at fault for causing pedestrian injuries and fatalities due to their lack of respect for pedestrians. Drivers should yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and constantly be on the lookout for pedestrians.

If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident or if you were injured in one yourself due to the recklessness of a driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries or losses. Call Mallard Perez to speak with an experienced Sarasota personal injury lawyer in a free consultation today at 888-409-3805. Make sure you also fill out our website form to receive a free copy of our book, What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.

Damian Mallard, Esq.
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