Prominent accident attorney Edward D. Carlson, of Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett, P.A. warns Tampa Bay bicyclists and pedestrians of the dangers looming on Florida roads for those who are not vigilant about their safety.
The State of Florida recognizes Florida Bicycle Month in March, a time to shine a spotlight on the significant role bicycling plays in the lives of nearly 25 million Florida residents and tourists.
Florida Bicycle Month is the perfect time to focus on a continuing problem in the state – the high incidence of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities on Florida roads and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 122 bicyclists were killed in Florida in 2012. In the same year, there were 476 pedestrian fatalities in the state. Smart Growth America, an advocacy organization for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods, reports that Florida’s overall Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) is 168.65, which places it first nationally as the most dangerous state for pedestrians.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) blames bicyclists’ failure to wear helmets and alcohol impairment as major contributing factors in bicyclist deaths.Alcohol impairment is also a leading cause of pedestrian fatalities, according to the GHSA.
Personal injury attorney Edward Carlson, of premier Tampa Bay personal injury law firm Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett, warns Florida pedestrians and bicyclists to, “avoid injury or death by making smart choices and following the laws intended to protect them, such as paying attention to traffic, putting down their smart phones and taking off headphones when navigating busy streets; cross the road at crosswalks only, wear bright or reflective clothing at night, walk on sidewalks, and bicycle in bike lanes or on the paved shoulder.” Carlson also advocates the use of helmets while biking and refraining from drinking or using drugs while bicycling or walking on Florida roads.
Attorney Edward Carlson assists pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured due to the negligence of another person by evaluating the specific circumstances of their case, determining potential damages and pursuing maximum compensation under Florida’s personal injury laws.
This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.