Every week in Florida, an average of 9 pedestrians are killed and 21 are injured in pedestrian accidents. As part of the “See the Blind Spots” campaign, they made a controversial call and placed a graphic video of a pedestrian accident on their web-site. Now, a Florida state senator is calling for them to take the video down.
Florida Senator Mike Fasano says the videos are too “horrific” to be shown.
The web-site does warn ” The following video contains graphic footage and may be unsuitable for small children. Viewer discretion advised.”
One video clip shows a car slamming into a pedestrian and the pedestrian being thrown up onto the vehicle’s hood and then crashing to the pavement. Other videos show body bags.
The web-site educates both pedestrians and drivers and because in nearly 50% of all pedestrian-car collisions the pedestrian disobey traffic laws and made judgment lapses when trying to cross a street. The following safety tips for pedestrians because drivers aren’t always looking out for pedestrians:
- Be alert and attentive and don’t cross until its safe.
- Obey the Walk and Don’t Walk signals.
- Look left-right-left before crossing.
- When crossing a street, continually check for traffic, especially for cars and trucks turning right on red.
- Don’t assume drivers see you. Make sure you make eye contact.
- Use sidewalks when available. When they aren’t available, walk facing traffic.
- Don’t walk along or across highways and freeways.
- At dusk or at night time, wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
- Be care about your alcohol consumption as 35% of those pedestrians killed are under the influence.
- Supervise children when they are crossing streets as they do not always have the right judgement to assess the situation.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed.
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