Pedestrians take a risk each time they hit the pavement for a stroll to the store or the walk to work. Sharing the same close proximal space with passenger cars, buses, large trucks and motorcycles puts people on foot in real danger of being injured or even killed when a driver acts negligently or recklessly. Similarly, the terrain upon which pedestrians tread is not always safe; sidewalks with large cracks and debris on the pathways pedestrians walk can create an unsafe environment for pedestrians. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control notes that 5,400 pedestrians died and an additional 129,000 were injured in pedestrian-related accidents in 2015 alone.
If you have been injured while on foot, you owe it to yourself to contact our Miramar pedestrian accident attorneys to discuss getting compensated for your injury. Our team at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman PA are experienced and dedicated to helping accident victims recoup damages and are ready to go to bat with the big insurance companies to help you become whole again.
Florida’s Streets Deadliest in the U.S.
Florida’s beautiful weather nearly year-round leads to an increased number of people who walk where they need to go. Unfortunately, this increased foot traffic has led to Florida’s streets being declared the most deadly in America for pedestrians, since it has the greatest number of pedestrian injuries and deaths among all U.S. states. The injuries sustained in a pedestrian versus passenger vehicle accident can be quite serious and occur quickly and with no warning. From head trauma to spinal cord injuries and serious open fractures, pedestrian injuries can be life-altering and require many years of rehabilitation to overcome.
Pedestrian Accident Causes
Negligence is generally the cause of most pedestrian accidents in Florida and beyond. This negligence usually lies on the driver of a passenger vehicle on the roadway, such as cars making a turn and failing to see a pedestrian in a blind spot or failing to react when the pedestrian enters their field of vision. Drivers who text while driving or who drive impaired by drugs or alcohol may not see pedestrians in time to avoid striking them. Pedestrians walking on the side of a road are also in danger of being clipped by an auto that gets too close. However, it is not always a driver at fault in pedestrian accidents. Accidents may also be due to the negligence of whoever is obligated to maintain the sidewalks and streets where pedestrians travel; this is particularly true when uneven or cracked sidewalks cause tripping, or pedestrians stumble due to poor lighting conditions on the street. In some instances, construction crews leave behind debris that results in serious pedestrian falls.
Pedestrian Accident Claims – Compensation
The goal of a pedestrian accident claim is make the pedestrian whole again through monetary compensation for his losses. This may include medical costs, cost of future medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, future lost earnings, emotional trauma, and other damages to which the pedestrian may be entitled.
Contact our Miramar pedestrian attorney as soon as possible following your pedestrian accident. There are tight deadlines that must be honored when filing a claim and preserving your right to compensation. Schedule your no-cost case review today.