Each year, approximately 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 100,000 are injured from being hit by a car across the United States. In Florida alone, over 500 pedestrians have been killed and another 9,000 have been injured in just this year.
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.
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.
Every 111 minutes a pedestrian is killed by on-coming traffic. 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.
At Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell, we have represented pedestrian accident victims for over 25 years and have worked 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 & Caldwell can evaluate your situation and provide a sound, simple strategy to preserve your rights.
When individuals who are crossing the street or are in a crosswalk get hit by a car, they are often faced with many uncertainties. Below, we hope to provide you with assurance as we answer our most common questions regarding pedestrian accidents:
At Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell, we know that facing a pedestrian accident is a difficult and complicated experience for both you and your family. The unknowns are numerous, the laws are intricate, and the fight for compensation from your insurance company is unrelenting.
We sincerely hope that this information has aided you in your time of need. However, we do realize that the above questions and answers only scratch the surface what a pedestrian accident can entail. This is why our attorneys want you to know that you don’t have to be left in the dark after an accident – there are legal professionals here to help fight for the rights that you deserve.
If you or someone close to you has been hit by a car or motorcycle in a pedestrian-related accident, please contact an experienced accident attorney now at Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell. We proudly serve areas throughout and around Volusia County and Flagler County, Florida, including, Port Orange, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Bunnell, Orange City, Sanford, Orlando and Leesburg.