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Florida Officials Launch Campaign To Curb Number of Pedestrian Accidents

The Florida Department of Transportation and local law enforcement are launching a public safety campaign in Miami Dade and Hillsborough counties to raise awareness for the need to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists alike. According to carrollwood.patch.com, Hillsborough County has already had 16 pedestrian and eight bicyclist deaths in 2012, and is on pace to match or top the statistics for 2011, when 30 pedestrians died on county roadways.

As we reported in a recent post, Orlando, which is not located in either of these two counties, is the deadliest city for pedestrians in the country. The Tampa Bay area in Hillsborough County is 2nd only to Orlando when it comes to pedestrian deaths in the nation. Just to give an idea of how bad the situation is in the Tampa Bay area, Major J.R. Burton, from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a recent press conference that if the Tampa Bay area were a state, it would be the 16th most dangerous state in the country for pedestrian deaths per year.

Not that things are much better in Miami Dade County…As we recently reported, six pedestrians were killed in the streets of Miami in one weekend alone. (See post dated 07-10/2012).

The campaign will include public service announcements highlighting the need to increase safety for pedestrian and bicyclists, as well as a law enforcement component consisting of officers citing motorists as well as pedestrians, for right of way and other violations.

According to statistics from the Florida Department of Transportation:

  • 22.7% of all traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries involve pedestrians
  • and bicyclists
  • 48% of pedestrians are killed when crossing the road, but not at an
  • intersection
  • 43% of pedestrian traffic fatalities occur at night on illuminated streets
  • 40% of all pedestrian fatalities are alcohol related.

Another Pedestrian Tragedy in Miami

According to cbslocal.com, a Miami Dade judge scalded a Delray Beach resident who stood before her accused of DUI with serious bodily injury to another person, leaving the scene of a crash with an injury, driving with a suspended license and DUI with damage to property or a person.

According to police, 33-year-old Robert Sinn was driving drunk on Biscayne Boulevard and NE 64th Street when his Chevrolet Impala jumped the curb, knocked down a pole and struck a pedestrian standing on the side walk. The victim, Jermaine Todd Campbell, 40, was thrown about 30 feet in the air and was subsequently found wrapped around a bus stop pole near the scene.

Apparently Mr. Sinn did not like that Mr. Campbell was standing in the way of his out of control vehicle because he got out of his car, yelled at Mr. Campbell, returned to his vehicle and left the scene. Thankfully, he was stopped soon thereafter by an alert motorist just a few blocks away.

The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help

With more than 67 years of combined experience, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help pedestrians that have been victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents or accidents involving any other kind of motor vehicle. The Miami Dade County Pedestrian and Car Accidents Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have handled many cases involving traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries.

If you or a loved one have been injured as pedestrians, we urge you to contact a law firm experienced handling these matters. Please visit the Notable Cases section of our website to learn more about the firm and the cases we have handled. Once ready, please contact us for a free consultation.

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