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Bicycle and pedestrian accidents could spark lower speed limits

In Fort Lauderdale, car accidents are a common concern for everyone. Because of the number of crashes that cause injuries and death, the state constantly seeks methods to make roads safer. The Florida Department of Transportation is considering reducing the speed limit by 20 mph. Under the proposal, the limit will reduce some 45 mph roads to 25 mph to avoid bicycle and pedestrian accidents.

There are other proposals, including creating bicycle lanes, widening sidewalks, installing obstacles to stop jaywalking, making transit connections more convenient and narrowing streets. However, speed is the biggest factor in fatal pedestrian and bicycle crashes.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that 90 percent of pedestrians hit by a vehicle were traveling at 60 mph were killed. Half were killed at 40 mph, and 10 percent died at 25 mph. Simply doubling the speed of a car increases the force of impact four times.

Through July, there were 106 pedestrians hit by vehicles in Fort Lauderdale. Eight died. There have also been bicycle accidents without any fatalities.

Currently, the speed limits for most areas in the state is 30 mph. In a school zone, it is 15 to 20 mph. Considering the risk of injury and wrongful death, states should try to come up with ways to make the roads and streets safer. But, these are just proposals.

As these numbers show, accidents are still happening every day. As a result, those injured or the families that lost a loved one in a crash should know their rights to seek compensation in a personal injury case.

Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Lower speed limits coming to some Florida roads," Wayne K. Roustan, July 31, 2017

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