Our pedestrian accident attorney in North Miami Beach is ready to represent you in your personal injury case. Pedestrians have a significant disadvantage when they are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Unlike motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians have nothing to protect them from serious injuries. The result is that pedestrian accidents are usually catastrophic and often fatal. In fact, 13 pedestrians die in accidents every day across the United States–with the majority of those being children and the elderly.
The number of pedestrian accidents in North Miami Beach is likely to rise in the near future. With more and more drivers engaging in distracted driving behaviors, like texting or using smartphones will driving, pedestrians need to be even more vigilant at intersections and along highways.
Anytime a 3,000-pound moving vehicle hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian is the one who will sustain the majority of the injuries. Even at low speeds, pedestrians can still suffer severe and life threatening injuries, including:
Yet even when pedestrians obey all the traffic signs and cross at designated crosswalks, pedestrian accidents can still occur. Impaired drivers, distracted drivers, and reckless drivers do not always notice pedestrians on the roadway and at intersections. As a result, they may inadvertently run into joggers, children playing, or mothers crossing the street with their little ones.
How do pedestrian accidents occur? Sadly, there are numerous ways a pedestrian could be injured or killed. For example: A texting teenage driver takes his eyes off the road for a few seconds to respond to his friend. As a result, his car veers slightly to the right and into a jogger on the road.
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Children are also vulnerable to pedestrian accidents. They can dart out from behind a parked car or run unexpectedly through a parking lot. Sadly, when children are hit by a car or truck, it is usually fatal. In 2010, pedestrian accidents accounted for one-fifth of all children between the ages of 5 and 9, who were killed in a traffic collision. Children ages 10-15 were 3x as likely to be involved and injured in a pedestrian accident than someone aged sixty.
For decades, the majority of those injured or killed in pedestrian accidents were males — nearly 70% of all pedestrians. In addition, the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday–between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.
There are times, however, when a pedestrian may be partly to blame for the accident–and subsequently, their injuries. They may have failed to cross at a crosswalk, or they may have inadvertently darted out across the street. This is known as contributory negligence and it is what the insurance companies will claim–even if it is untrue. They may claim that you were partly–or mostly–responsible for your injuries, so that they can limit their own liabilities–and avoid a costly settlement.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you need an experienced Miami pedestrian accident lawyer on your side. Contact the Law Offices of Victor Dante to learn more about all of your legal options. Call us at 305-949-2526 today to discuss your case.