When we set off for a walk, the last thing we think about is an accident happening. After all, how many walks have you been on that were completely safe, getting to and from your destination with no problem?
According to the CDC, pedestrian accidents may be more common than you think. In 2015, over 5000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the US. If that number isn’t staggering enough, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated at the hospital for non-fatal injuries. The CDC says that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may need a Hallandale Beach pedestrian accident attorney. At the Dante Law Firm, we are ready to help you figure out your situation.
Just recently in Hallandale Beach, a pedestrian was killed by a vehicle. It appears the driver of a van ran a stop sign and struck another vehicle as well as the pedestrian. While all of the factors causing the crash will be investigated, there is one thing we know for sure – pedestrians have less protection than vehicle drivers. Their risk for injury or death is significant when struck.
These kinds of accidents can happen anywhere, not just on a crowded city street with hundreds of people. Maybe you are walking on the side of a neighborhood street and get struck by a vehicle mirror. Sometimes, a vehicle makes an illegal turn that catches you off guard. Hopefully, any injury is minor, but sometimes, they aren’t.
According to the CDC, pedestrians over the age of 65 and children under the age of 15 are the most at risk when it comes to pedestrian accidents, but everyone is vulnerable to careless or impaired drivers. In fact, contributing factors to injury and death in pedestrian accidents include alcohol impairment and drivers who are driving at high speeds.
Regardless of who is the victim of a pedestrian accident, medical expenses can become tremendous. If you have to miss work because of a pedestrian accident, the livelihood of you and your family could be at risk.
It could be even worse if you are the victim of a hit and run accident, as you may not have insurance that will cover this kind of incident.
If you’ve been in a car accident, please ensure all of your medical needs are met, no matter how minor they may seem at the time. Sometimes, soft tissue or internal injuries take some time to manifest. Any time the human body encounters a fast moving vehicle, the potential for damage is high.
After that, you may need a pedestrian accident attorney in Hallandale Beach. No matter how major or minor the injuries, here at the Dante Law Firm, P.A., we are ready to help through what can be a confusing process, from insurance companies to medical claims. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 305-949-2526.