29 May Lake Worth FL car insurance leader concerned about increase in pedestrian fatalities
In December, Paul McKee, 47, of Knoxville, Tenn. was killed in a hit-and-run crash when he and his wife were attempting to cross the intersection of Hibiscus Street and Quadrille Boulevard in West Palm Beach. His wife was sent to the hospital with critical injuries.
In February, a 62-year-old pedestrian was trying to cross Military Trail just north of PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens when he was hit by a car a little before 9 pm. First responders rushed the man, who was from Massachusetts, to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
And, just the other day – at approximately 8:30 pm on May 26 – a driver on South Dixie Highway in Lake Worth hit and killed a 66-year-old man who was trying to cross the street. As the Palm Beach Post reported, “The man was struck while walking east across South Dixie Highway near 10th Avenue South at around 8:30 p.m., according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He wasn’t using a crosswalk.”
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), tragic accidents like these are becoming all too common. And the problem isn’t limited to Palm Beach County.
“Pedestrian deaths have jumped 46 percent since reaching their lowest point in 2009, as pedestrian crashes have become both deadlier and more frequent,” the IIHS reported earlier this month. “The increase has been mostly in urban or suburban areas, at nonintersections, on arterials — busy roads designed mainly to funnel vehicle traffic toward freeways — and in the dark, a new IIHS study shows. Crashes were increasingly likely to involve SUVs and high-horsepower vehicles.”
The fatal accidents involving pedestrians in Palm Beach County cited above demonstrate a major finding of the IIHS study, which found that pedestrian crashes are not only occurring more frequently, they are also becoming deadlier. As the IIHS researchers discovered, “Deaths per 100 crash involvements increased 29 percent from 2010, when they reached their lowest point, to 2015, the most recent year that data on all crashes, including nonfatal ones, were available.”
B and B Insurance Agency, or A and B Insurance as some folks call us, is a locally owned and operated agency that not only sells car insurance in Lake Worth, Florida, we are proud members of the community. We are your neighbors, we shop at many of the same stores you do, our kids might even attend the same area schools. And we drive on the same roadways you do when it’s time to drop the kids off at school, pick up a loaf of bread or set out to meet friends for dinner.
In other words, we are concerned about the safety of Palm Beach County’s roadways for the same reasons you are. Even if you don’t choose B&B Insurance when you’re looking for health, life, home or auto insurance in Lake Worth, FL we want you to be safe when you get behind the wheel and when you cross the street. And we want our families to be safe when you get behind the wheel or set out to cross the street.
Yes, we believe that insurance is important. But we also believe that everyone in our community should have adequate protection in the form of knowledge as well as in the form of auto insurance – from Boynton Beach to Lantana, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach.