Charges are not expected to be filed in a pedestrian accident that took the life of a 56-year-old Orlando man walking on Lee Road Wednesday, December 1. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the man was on foot northbound when he suddenly tried to cross the westbound lanes near the intersection of Adanson Street. According to the FHP, the man was struck head-on by a 2007 Ford Edge driven by a 21-year-old. The impact sent the pedestrian to the driveway of a nearby Burger King where first responders found him in critical condition. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital but later died from his injuries. Witnesses say the man ran suddenly into traffic and there was no way to avoid hitting him.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Orlando is among four Florida cities cited as being the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians, according to a study by the nonprofit group, Transportation for America. Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville round out the other four.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report that 482 pedestrians were killed in Florida pedestrian accidents in 2009, while 7,676 pedestrians were injured, a 4 percent and 2.6 percent decrease respectively from the previous year.
Nationally, a dozen people are killed every day in a pedestrian/motor vehicle crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports there were 4,378 pedestrians killed in the U.S. in 2008, along with 69,000 pedestrian injuries that year.
If you have been injured by a motor vehicle in a pedestrian accident in Florida, you would be well-advised to have an experienced Florida pedestrian accident attorney advocate for you at a time when you are recovering from a devastating injury. It may be possible to at least recover the cost of your medical care so you do not have to become financially devastated as well.