Navigating the Alarming Rise in Pedestrian Accidents

Being a pedestrian on roads has gotten increasingly dangerous over the years. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 824 pedestrian fatalities occurred in the state of Florida in 2022. Florida was also ranked the second most deadly in the nation for pedestrian deaths, according to Smart Growth America. Our nation’s street designs are designed to move vehicles quickly but can be very dangerous for pedestrians. If you have been injured due to a pedestrian accident, call Barnes & Cohen for a free consultation. Pedestrian injuries are some of the most serious cases we see in our law firm. When you go for a walk, you should not have to fear irresponsible drivers putting your safety at risk.

According to Smart Growth America, Jacksonville, FL is listed as number six in the nation for most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. The most common factors of pedestrian accidents include intersections, walking near traffic, children and school zones, night driving and bad weather.

Pedestrian Safety To avoid being involved in a pedestrian accident, follow these tips to stay safe when walking:

  1. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals
  2. Walk on sidewalks whenever possible
  3. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible
  4. If a crosswalk is not available, walk in a well-lit area
  5. Watch for cars entering and exiting driveways or parking lots
  6. Embrace walking as a healthy form of transportation, but be aware


If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, call the local law firm you’ve trusted for over forty years. Barnes & Cohen at (904) 396-5181, the consultation is free.

Injured in Florida, make sure you hire a local attorney licensed by the Florida Bar. Barnes & Cohen serves injury victims in Jacksonville Florida, Jacksonville Beaches Florida, Fernandina Florida, MacClenny Florida, Lake City Florida, St Augustine Florida and throughout North Florida.

Injured in Georgia, make sure you hire a local attorney licensed by the Georgia Bar. Barnes & Cohen serves injured victims in St Marys Georgia, Kingsland Georgia, Camden County Georgia, Woodbine Georgia, Waycross Georgia, and Folkston.