Florida Pedestrian Accidents
The statistics for pedestrian accidents in the state of Florida are alarming. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that not only did the national rate of fatal pedestrian accidents climb by 2% (from 4,779 to 4,884), the rate in Florida rose by an astonishing 17% (from 501 in 2013 to 588 in 2014). What’s more, pedestrian accidents now comprise of 23.6% of all traffic fatalities in Florida. That’s nearly 1 in 4 fatalities compared to 20.8 % in 2013 or 1 in 5 fatalities. The NHTSA offered a breakdown from the report that indicated there was a fatal pedestrian accident every 2 hours, with someone being injured every 8 minutes.
Common Causes for Pedestrian Accidents
As a pedestrian, you have the right of way at intersections, driveways, and legal crosswalks. Due to the lack of bodily protection, pedestrians are especially vulnerable to accidents that can result in serious physical injuries such as sprains, fractures, traumatic brain injury…even death. Many times, these injuries also lead to emotional devastation and financial hardships from lost wages, medical bills, or insurance claim disputes.
There are several common scenarios that lead to pedestrian injuries:
- A cyclist colliding with a pedestrian
- Failure of a motor vehicle to yield at an intersection or crosswalk
- A motor vehicle reversing into a pedestrian, i.e. in a parking lot, backing out of a driveway, etc.
- A motor vehicle Illegally passing another vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk
If you’ve been victim of a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to damages
If you are someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is critical to immediately enlist the help of an accident attorney who will represent your best interests. Call Anton Castro Law today. We will assess your case and determine the best way to move forward in seeking compensation for your injuries. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are familiar with the (often complex) Florida traffic laws and their implication in pedestrian accident cases. We will protect your rights, determine who is legally responsible for your injuries, and see that you are fairly compensated your damages.
Have you been injured in a pedestrian accident? We can help.
Don’t wait. Call Anton Castro Law today at 813-907-9807 for additional information or to schedule a free consultation. Our expert legal professionals are here to support you and will protect your best interests every step of the way.