This article was first published May 31st, 2012. Some of the laws may have changed this that date.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration or NHTSA reported 50,000 pedestrians have become involved in traffic accidents across the U.S. this year. The number has skyrocketed and sadly, over 4000 of those pedestrians were seriously injured or killed. Not surprisingly, is that Orlando is at the top of the Most Dangerous Cities List compiled by Allstate Insurance, and the top four cities named are in Florida.

William Umansky, is a skilled attorney based in Orlando, who was asked his opinion behind the high number of pedestrian accidents in and around his city. He states that the fact is because of the high number of tourists, which is approximately 53 million a year, just in Central Florida.

William Umansky believes the tourists are unfamiliar with the area, so whether they are walking, or driving a rental car, they are not familiar with the traffic and street signs. Their attention is focused on looking at the sights, the scenery, the stores and their eyes are not on the road. In tourist cities this concept applies to tourists both walking and driving. Kissimmee and Orlando are filled with amusement parks and tourist attractions, just like Tampa, Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale, the other top cities, so large numbers of tourists is the norm.

To reduce pedestrian fatalities, Mr. Umansky offered a few tips from his observations over the past 20 years. At intersections, he recommends:

1. Stay off your cell phone including both texting and calling.
2. Assume others drivers are not paying attention. This is called defensive driving and will reduce accidents.
3. If you are injured in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to help you in recovering the damages.

Pedestrians have slightly more recourse in Florida. If they are hit by a commercial vehicle that is found to be at fault, the pedestrian has what is called "vicarious liability." This means is that the person who was hit can sue both the individual driver and also the company they were driving for. If this happens to you or someone close to you, find an experienced personal injury attorney to recover your losses.

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