University of Central Florida to implement pedestrian safety plan

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has approved a $5 million plan to improve pedestrian and bike safety on the major roads serving the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus. The plan includes the building and improving of mid-block crosswalks, sidewalks and bike paths in order to make their use safer and more appealing to pedestrian and bike traffic.

Over 50,000 students and staff rely on the roads to make their way on and off campus every day, many of whom walk or bike to navigate the campus. The university has seen many safety issues involving pedestrian accidents resulting in serious injuries, and about one death per year. The main problem is foot and bike traffic mixing with vehicle traffic near the two major roads by the campus entrance and along the western edge of campus.

Some of the enhancements will include better lighting, well-painted and textured pedestrian crosswalks, wider sidewalks and fencing within medians to discourage pedestrians from crossing the street mid-block.

These efforts are made to address the serious problems with pedestrian safety faced by Central Florida, which is ranked as one of the most dangerous areas in the country for pedestrians. For over a decade, Central Florida has experienced the highest number of pedestrian accidents resulting in injuries and deaths in the country. Each year, more than 850 Central Floridian pedestrians are struck by cars, 150 of which suffer serious and incapacitating injuries and 40 to 70 are killed.

If you or a loved one has been hurt as the result of a negligent driver, you may be able to recover damages for your related costs. To learn more about your rights as a victim, speak with a Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident attorney at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers.