Pedestrians take risks even when walking on familiar routes. All it takes is one negligent driver to commit an ill-advised action, and someone could lose their life. Pedestrians in Florida may face greater risks, as tourists unfamiliar with directions might make costly mistakes. That said, commuters face dangers throughout the United States and not only in the Sunshine State.
An alarming trend with pedestrian accidents
2021 saw grim statistics related to pedestrian accidents. An average of 20 deaths per day occurred during the year, as driver-pedestrian collisions reached catastrophic levels. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Governors Highway Safety Association released statistics regarding 2021’s pedestrian death tolls. An estimated 7,485 pedestrians lost their lives in vehicle collisions in 2021, an 11.5% increase from 2020.
No one can tell for sure whether those numbers will increase or decrease in 2022 and beyond. However, projections suggest death tolls could reach new highs.
Underlying issues lead to many traffic accidents
There can be many reasons for fatal motor vehicle accidents, and negligence ranks high on the list. Some suggest that risky behaviors developed during 2020 carried over into 2021. 2021’s volume of drivers on the road likely led to more accidents.
Many who choose to disregard safety and cause accidents will likely face financial consequences. Negligent driving takes many forms, and any negligent behavior could leave an at-fault driver liable for bodily injuries and property damage. For some, their insurance policies might be what saves them from facing bankruptcy.
Victims of motor vehicle collisions may need to file insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits to protect their financial interests. Health insurance might not cover all the costs associated with treatment and care. There would likely be additional costs and losses occurred, such as those from missing work. The lost income may not be recoverable, so civil litigation might become necessary.
Wrongful death lawsuits may lead to judgments that deliver punitive damages beyond those awards associated with direct losses. Such compensation could cover the unfortunate losses surviving family members suffer.