Each year in Florida and throughout the country people travel by foot without thinking about the possibility of being hit by a car, truck or other motorized vehicle. Unfortunately, pedestrians are injured, and even killed, by a driver who is negligent because he or she is either distracted or simply is not paying attention to his or her surroundings. Like most personal injury cases, injuries from these types of accidents can lead to lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.
Florida Pedestrian Law
Florida Statute 316.30 (a copy of which can be found below) sets forth the law related to pedestrians, including directions on right-of-way issues between drivers and pedestrians. When an accident occurs between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, police officers and investigators record the details and circumstances of the accident. Some of the information the investigators collect are:
- What was the exact location of the pedestrian at the time of the accident?
- Was there a marked crosswalk?
- Was the pedestrian in a crosswalk or on the sidewalk?
- Was there a traffic control signal?
- What was the speed and direction of the vehicle involved?
- What time of day did the accident occur?
- What were the weather and road conditions?
- Were either the driver or the pedestrian impaired by alcohol or drugs?
Using this information and other information obtained from witnesses, investigators recreate the circumstances that lead to the accident and try to determine who was at fault. Under the statute, the driver of a motor vehicle is responsible for exercising due caution when a pedestrian is on or near a street or highway. This is particularly true in cases where the pedestrian is confused, incapacitated or is a child.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There are many reasons why pedestrians are injured by cars or other motor vehicles. Most of these reasons are preventable; it’s just a matter of the driver being careful and paying attention to the roadway. Some examples of negligent behavior which cause pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving related to a phone (talking, texting or reading emails)
- Distracted driving related to retrieve an items while driving
- Eating while driving
- Running a red light while a pedestrian is crossing
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Driving under the influence
- Driving too close to the side of the road
- Excess speeding
- Failure to see someone walking in a parking lot or between parked cars
Interestingly, a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined alcohol was involved — either by the driver or by the pedestrian — in 47 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities. The study also found that more than two-thirds (69%) of the pedestrians killed in a given year were males. To learn more pedestrian car accident facts, see the Department’s website about pedestrian safety.
Types Of Injuries Possible From Pedestrian Accidents
Because a pedestrian is unprotected, the injuries sustained can be severe and can include:
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Skin damage (which can cause lasting scarring)
- Head injuries
- Back and neck injuries with lasting pain
- Long term psychological pain and suffering
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Cracked skull and/or concussion
- Spinal cord injury
Any of these injuries related to a car accident can require hospitalization and long term medical treatment. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, after you seek medical attention, you should consult with an experienced car accident lawyer to learn about your rights, including how you are going to recover your lost wages and pay your medical bills.
Why Alan Sackrin?
What sets Alan apart from other car accident lawyers are his extensive trial skills and experience with juries and his understanding of accident reconstruction analysis, crash analysis, road condition analysis, speed analysis, analysis of driver reaction times and perception and other elements that are essential to prove driver negligence. Additionally, he provides unfettered access to himself and his veteran support staff to help answer your questions and begin the process of finding out what went wrong and he strives to add value to his clients. He adds value to his clients because he will go to trial when the insurance company denies coverage or doesn’t make a settlement offer that he believes is fair. Alan won’t send his client to a different lawyer to file a lawsuit, he’s the lawyer that other lawyers send their cases to when they are unable to obtain a reasonable settlement offer.
Florida Lawyer Alan Sackrin is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist – one of only 1069 Lawyers in the State of Florida to Achieve This Distinction (as of January 2012)
Hire an attorney who for over 30 years has collected millions of dollars for injured people—people like you, who need help right away. A lawyer that has handled numerous difficult car accident cases.
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Alan has been representing clients with accidents occuring in Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Plantation, Hollywood & Hallandale Beach since 1982.
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