If you were injured as a pedestrian in Florida, you’re not alone. Pedestrian accidents are all too common, and pedestrian fatalities continue to go up across the nation. After seeing a two-decade-long decline, such fatalities have been increasing since 2009 in the United States.

2019 marks a peak in pedestrian deaths

The Governors Highway Safety Association has made a preliminary analysis of pedestrian deaths in 2019 and estimated that 6,590 pedestrians died that year which was 5% more than the previous year and 60% more than the 4,109 who died in 2009.

Not only that, but 6,590 deaths is also the highest that the number has been since 1988. The rate came to 2 deaths per 100,000 people, which is the highest since 1997. Considering each state individually, the highest fatality rates were in Florida, New Mexico and Hawaii. Forty-seven percent of the fatalities occurred in California, Arizona, Texas, Georgia and Florida.

Possible reasons for the sharp increase

Such a sharp increase was only seen among pedestrians and not with accidents involving two or more vehicles. The GHSA says that all other traffic deaths rose just 2% between 2009 and 2018. As for why this is so, there are several explanations. For one thing, drivers are becoming more distracted than ever by their phones. Warmer weather may also be bringing out more drivers and pedestrians.

Third, people are buying more SUVs and light trucks, which are deadly vehicles in pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians are twice as likely to die in a crash with a large SUV than in a crash with an ordinary car.

A lawyer to give your case personal attention

Under Florida law, pedestrians must obey all traffic control devices. If the traffic light is green, pedestrians should yield the right of way to vehicles rather than assume that cars will yield to them. This is important to keep in mind because some pedestrian accidents are caused by the pedestrians.  It is important to remain alert even when it is clear that the pedestrian has the right of way, as many drivers are driving distracted.

You will want a lawyer to evaluate your case promptly. If you are injured as a pedestrian it is important have a lawyer acting on your behalf to to assist in determining liability and making sure your injuries are properly documented in order to recover damages and compensation for your suffering.