Pedestrians face a significant risk of accidents when walking in Florida. According to Governors' Highway Safety Association, the state of Florida has one of the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities per resident population, along with Arizona and Delaware. While pedestrians always face risks, certain times of the day are much more dangerous for those on foot than others. One recent collision shows the importance of being especially careful to avoid pedestrian accidents at night.
Deadly Pedestrian Accident Happens Overnight in Orlando
WESH reported recently on a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred in Orlando. It happened shortly before 1:00 AM on a Sunday morning in July. The incident occurred at University Boulevard and Lake Lynda Drive, near Rouse Road. A 25-year-old man reportedly running across the road was struck and killed by a car being driven by a 22-year-old from Virginia.
The pedestrian was taken to Florida Hospital-East Orlando, where he was pronounced dead. Officers responding to the scene indicated the driver who hit the pedestrian had not been drinking at the time when the collision occurred. Tests are being conducted in order to determine if the victim was intoxicated at the time of the incident. No citations were issued at the crash scene, and the accident is still under investigation.
Nighttime is a high risk time for pedestrian collisions for a variety of reasons. Alcohol impairment on the part of both drivers and walkers is one factor, as people are more likely to be intoxicated when walking or driving later in the evening. While drunken walking does not get the same attention drunk driving does in safety campaigns, it is still very dangerous.
Nighttime is also high risk for pedestrian accidents because drivers may not be expecting people to be out walking around. This is especially true if someone is walking on the road instead of on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk. Even at night, drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and be on the lookout for pedestrians. This is especially important in areas where there are likely to be a lot of people congregating, such as downtown Orlando.
Finally, night is risky for pedestrians because walkers may simply be harder to see in the dark. Pedestrians should try to carry a flashlight with them so they are more visible to drivers. Pedestrians should also consider wearing bright and reflective clothing and stay off busier roadways when it's dark outside.