Pedestrian fatalities made up 22% of the total traffic crash-related fatalities throughout Florida in 2021, resulting in 817 deaths.
In Escambia County, traffic crashes remain a primary public safety issue. Recent reports show that Escambia County is among the top 25 Florida counties for pedestrian accidents.
In fact, pedestrian crashes went up by 10.1% from 2020, and 47.1% of those crashes were fatal.
If you were injured in an accident, please don’t hesitate to contact our Pensacola injury firm online or call (850) 444-4878 today for a free consultation.
A pedestrian is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, sitting, or lying down involved in a motor vehicle crash. Most of us are pedestrians at one time or another—some daily—putting us all at risk for accident-related injuries.
Some factors contribute to pedestrian accidents more than others. Recent statistics (Click Florida) show that far more pedestrians are killed outside an intersection than inside.
The most significant fatalities occur between 6 PM and 9 PM. However, the greatest number of pedestrian accidents occur between 3 PM and 6 PM. Pedestrians are also most likely to be injured by a light car, though most pedestrian deaths occur from truck-related accidents.
Factors involved in pedestrian accidents include but are not limited to, in order of occurrence:
Other reasons for a spike in pedestrian accidents and deaths are multi-faceted. They include an aging population, the ballooning size of SUVs and trucks, an increase in drunk driving, aggressive drivers, and a growing sense of frustration and anger following the pandemic. But as statistics show, pedestrian accidents can happen for any reason.
We all deserve a safe space to walk and enjoy the outdoors without fearing injury. While pedestrian accidents are sometimes unavoidable, here are tips to keep you safe while enjoying all Escambia County has to offer.
To stay safe as a pedestrian, follow these safety tips:
While some accidents are unavoidable, following these tips can help prevent you from becoming a victim of a pedestrian accident in Escambia County.
There are a number of things Escambia County drivers can do to prevent accidents as well:
Walking confers benefits beyond personal and physical advantages. Safe walking conditions can enhance local economies and boost social and community engagement. Let’s put people first and encourage safe, responsible pedestrian and driver behavior on our walkways and roadways.
The aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be a frightening and confusing time. At Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, we have a dedicated team of Escambia County personal injury attorneys who can help.
We’ve represented accident victims for over 100 years and offer every client our “Client Priority Promise,” assuring you we’ll work aggressively to get you the best results.
If you think you have a claim, contact us at (850) 444-4878 or reach us online today for a free, no-obligation case review.