Pedestrian and bicycle safety has been a primary focus in recent years in Orlando and the surrounding areas of Florida, as well as throughout the United States. Activists are trying to convince states of the importance of making the roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. States that are benefiting from the recently passed infrastructure law are expected to formulate strategies to enhance safety. In the mean time, the roads remain problematic and those who are injured or have been in any way impacted by this type of accident should know what options are available to address their needs.
Statistics put Florida at the top for pedestrian deaths
There is a statistical justification for this as the roads seem to be getting increasingly dangerous for people who have chosen to leave their automobile at home and get around via bicycle or by walking. Specifically, Florida was at the top of the list for pedestrian fatalities with nearly 6,000 in the decade 2010-2019. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford was first in the nation in terms of metropolitan areas.
In the first six months of 2021, there were more than 20,000 road fatalities across the United States. This was an increase of more than 18% from the first six months of 2020. Road deaths have gotten progressively worse and from 2016 to 2019, the fatality totals were the highest in 30 years.
A plan formulated by the Federal Highway Administration – called “Complete Streets” – listed a series of strategies to help prevent accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. This plan will look at data, consider safety projects, implement guidelines and emphasize safety. Any state that is receiving funding from the infrastructure law is expected to use a minimum of 2.5% on road safety initiatives.
Initiatives aside, pedestrians and bicyclists will remain vulnerable
These ideas are undoubtedly well-meaning and might lead to positive results. However, auto safety – and especially the risks inherent with being a bicyclist or pedestrian – are difficult to address and prevent completely. People will still be vulnerable to the catastrophic injuries and loss of life that accompany being in a motor vehicle accident. Analyzing the case, calculating the medical expenses, determining how much will be needed in the future and how to adequately cover all that was lost may require professional advice. Consulting with those who understand these cases can be essential with moving forward.