Every 111 minutes a pedestrian is killed by on-coming traffic. In Florida alone, over 500 pedestrians have been killed and another 9,000 have been injured in just this year.
However, appropriate measures can be taken by both you and your family to prevent and avoid such an occurrence. The knowledge of road safety that is ingrained in youth still holds great relevance today and can secure tomorrow. Unfortunately though, accidents can and still do occur. Faced with injury and loss of wages, a victim of a pedestrian accident can soon face a great and devastating struggle to pay their bills, feed their family, or complete their daily activities. Fortunately, the pedestrian has the same right to seek financial compensation as any motorist.
Often, pedestrian accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the motor vehicle operator with factors that include speeding, hazardous road conditions, construction, drugs, alcohol, or careless behavior behind the wheel. However, there are many other possible causes for a pedestrian accident such as poor road design and error on the part of the pedestrian. Ignorance of traffic controls, jaywalking, avoidance of crosswalks, and childhood error have also been shown to cause life-changing collisions.
Due to the fact that the human body is not meant to withstand the speed or weight of motor vehicles, injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents are often severe and devastating for both victims and their families. Common but serious injuries resulting from a collision with an automobile include spinal and brain damage, broken bones, and paralysis.
While it’s important to exercise great care as a pedestrian, there is no way you can control the actions of others. Drivers today are more distracted than ever, often talking on or consulting their cell phones while driving, for example. In the unfortunate event that you should be the victim of a pedestrian accident in the Daytona Beach area, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office. We’re your local attorneys available 24/7 for you. Time is of the essence; we urge you to contact us as we have the experience to help you. In fact, at Rue & Ziffra, we have represented pedestrian accident victims for over 30 years and will work to get you the full and fair results for your injuries, losses, and suffering. If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, the attorneys here at Rue & Ziffra can evaluate your situation and provide a sound, simple strategy to preserve your rights
Sadly thousands of people are killed every year, and many more injured, in pedestrian accidents. These tragic events can be caused by negligent drivers of cars, buses, trucks, taxis, and motorcycles. Some examples of the most common accidents involving pedestrians include:
Pedestrian hit at a crosswalk,
Pedestrian hit and run,
Pedestrian hit in a parking lot,
Driver fails to stop at an intersection, and
Driver fails to yield to a pedestrian
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Below are some important, general laws regarding pedestrian accidents taken from the Florida pedestrian statute 316.130. The following rules do not encompass the entire statute.
Find out about the statutes you need to know about regarding:
Driving in Close Proximity to a Pedestrian,
Pedestrians and Traffic Lights,
Pedestrian Usage of a Crosswalk,
and PIP Benefits by visiting the Florida Pedestrian Accident Statutes area.
In Florida, if you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, then an uninsured motorist policy you purchased may cover your damages if the other party is uninsured or has insufficient coverage for your injuries.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident and the motorist does not have enough insurance coverage, you may be entitled to make a claim under your own uninsured motorist insurance policy. The aim of your uninsured motorist coverage is meant to protect you against uninsured drivers and can be used even if you are not in your car at the time of the accident.
Negligence is the top cause for accidents in the United States. With technology such as texting and ignoring crosswalk signs, motorists are more likely to be distracted at the wheel than ever before. Learn about the top causes of pedestrian accidents by driver negligence and pedestrian accidents that are initiated from pedestrian negligence.
Although the driver carries most of the responsibility of avoiding pedestrian accidents, there are many ways that pedestrians can significantly lower the risk of being hit by a car. Learn tips to stay safe during night, day and with your family here.