Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers in Florida
Were You a Pedestrian Injured in an Accident?
Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians. There have been nearly 3 deaths for every 100,000 Floridians according to a report by Smart Growth America. The same report shows that people struck and killed while walking has increased by 45% over the last decade.
Of the top 15 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians in the United States, 9 of them are in Florida. The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area ranks #1 in the nation for danger to pedestrians. Between 2010 and 2019 there were 740 pedestrian fatalities in that region alone.
Usual Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Speed is the number one factor in the severity of injuries and the potential for fatalities in pedestrian accidents. The faster the vehicle is going the more likely a pedestrian is to come out with a traumatic and life-altering injury.
Other contributing factors include:
- Construction on the roadway
- Environmental factors
- Poor or insufficient lighting
- Careless or inattentive drivers
- Lack of signage or broken signals
- Poorly maintained sideways or walkways
Combinations of these factors may contribute to more significant injuries for any pedestrians (or even other vehicles) involved in an accident.
Lower-income areas, people of color, and older adults are disproportionately affected by pedestrian accidents.
Areas with a median income under $42,000/year are nearly twice as likely to be injured while a pedestrian. Contributing factors can usually be attributed to a lack of pedestrian infrastructures like sidewalks, proper signage, and labeled crosswalks.
African-Americans are 82% more likely to be struck and those of Native American descent are in even more danger from drivers. Even controlling for differences in population sizes and walking rates, these numbers are staggering.
Adults over 50, and especially those over 75 are at additional risk when walking in areas where vehicles are present. These age groups are more likely to experience ailments like loss of hearing, decreased vision, or that limit their mobility.
None of these factors should prevent the driver of a vehicle from paying attention to foot traffic. Nor should a pedestrian be held responsible for the injuries caused by the negligence of someone behind the wheel.
Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrians have the right of way in most situations. If you or a loved one were hit by a vehicle and injured on or near a roadway, a garage, or in a parking lot then contact the attorneys of Chad Barr Law. Our attorneys can help you understand how the law protects you and what you need to do to hold those who were negligent responsible for their actions.
We have handled others in your situation and can assist in getting you back on your feet. If someone else is responsible for your injuries they may also be responsible for compensating you for any medical bills, lost wages, and any other past or future expenses or difficulties you may have related to your accident.
Contact our Florida Pedestrian Injury Attorneys Today
If you were injured in an accident while walking on the roads or in a parking lot in Florida you have the right to seek compensation from the person or company who caused that accident to happen. Our attorneys know how to navigate the legal system and can walk you through your options and how to properly follow up to ensure the guilty party is held accountable for their actions.
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