This past Sunday, June 5, 2011 around 12:30 am, a pedestrian was killed in the 1100 block West Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 37 year old Fort Lauderdale resident, Juan Herrera, died soon after the crash due to his serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle, Jaime Valderrama, 44, attempted to leave the scene after hitting Juan Herrera. His attempt to flea was unsuccessful and Valderrama was stopped by police soon after the hit and run. Valderrama, a Miami Beach resident, was driving a 1999 Lexus at the time of the accident and was stopped in the 1400 block of West Broward Boulevard. Accidents like this make us questions the competency of US drivers. In a study done by MostercycleInsurance.org, results indicated that pedestrians are especially at risk when stepping out in traffic. The study found that 20% of drivers do not know that pedestrians have the right of way, whether at a marked or unmarked crosswalk and 1 in 3 of those drivers typically will not stop for pedestrians. Even more, a third of participates admitted to speeding up to make a yellow light, regardless if a pedestrian is in the crosswalk or not. GMAC Insurance conducted another survey regarding the competency of drivers in the United States. Over the past 6 years, the company has surveyed approximately 5,000 people with questions taken from driving tests. Their results show that about 38 million individuals, or 1 in 5 licensed drivers in the United States, would not pass a driving test if they had to take it again. With these unfortunate study results, it is easier to understand why so many car accidents and pedestrian accidents occur. Police are still investigating the accident that killed Juan Herrera and charges against Jaime Valderrama are pending. Primary Sources: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/fl-pedestrian-hit-update-20110606,0,2750272.story http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dr3S8zqPnj4/TVEptowLovI/AAAAAAAAUVM/Z7UrrO1-ZbM/s1600/driverstates-page.png http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/states-worst-best-drivers-test/story?id=10790148