Collisions between pedestrians and motor vehicles seldom end well. Pedestrian accidents can lead to significant injuries, including fractures, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, crushing injuries and amputations, all of which can alter the quality of life for the pedestrian in every possible way. Florida is a particularly dangerous state for pedestrians and leads the nation in the number of injured pedestrians each year. In 2010 alone, there were nearly 8,000 pedestrians injured and approximately 500 pedestrian fatalities on Florida’s streets, according to Highway Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles data.
Although most walks through the streets of Plantation and other South Florida cities go off without a hitch, this is not always true. And the number of pedestrians is on the rise, due largely to city leaders and environmental groups in the community encouraging residents to walk for fitness and to lessen the environmental impact of cars on the road. Despite this influx of pedestrian traffic, safety on the street is never guaranteed, although most people have a reasonable belief that they’ll face no harm during a jaunt across town. If you have been hurt while traveling by foot on Plantation’s streets, a Plantation pedestrian accident attorney is your first line of defense in seeking damages from the responsible party.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
While most drivers have a healthy respect for pedestrians, this is not always the case. Things can go south quickly when reckless drivers fail to share the streets in a safe manner. Just one failure to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk or moment of inattentiveness answering a text message can lead to life-threatening consequences for the innocent pedestrian making his way across the street.
Some of the most-often cited causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Intoxicated drivers or drivers under the influence of drugs
- Drivers who text or use cell phones while driving
- Speeding drivers or drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road
- Poor visibility on city streets
It’s important to note that not all pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers on the road. The actual conditions of the sidewalks and pathways that Plantation pedestrians traverse can also be to blame. For example, a pedestrian may trip and fall on a broken sidewalk, or he may be hidden from view of oncoming traffic due to poor lighting or an overgrowth of shrubbery on the street.
Compensating Injured Pedestrians
When someone else is to blame for your injuries, you have the right to seek out damages to make yourself whole again. The liability in your case may fall squarely on the shoulders of the driver of a passenger vehicle, or it may rest with the entity responsible for keeping the sidewalks in good shape and safe for pedestrian use. Florida law gives pedestrians two years to come forward with their accident claims, so it is important for you to file your claim in a timely fashion to preserve your right to collect damages for medical bills, lost wages and other losses. Contact the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and its Plantation pedestrian accident attorney now to discuss the merits of your case.