Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Florida is known for many great things, but safe roads, unfortunately, is not one of them! Jacksonville, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando all rank in the top 25 most dangerous cities in the United States. While Tampa Bay cities like St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Clearwater are not among the most dangerous, that does not mean that our own areas are not accident-free.
Pedestrians are at an especially high risk for accidents:
- In the United States, around 41,259 people die in traffic accidents every year. 4, 975 of them are pedestrians.
- Pedestrian accidents in Florida make up 20% of all pedestrian accidents in the United States.
Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere, including crosswalks, school zones, or even in a grocery store parking lot. Many times, accidents involve speeding, distracted, or intoxicated drivers. However, while alcohol plays a role in 49% of all pedestrian accidents, darkness and low visibility accounts for nearly 70% of pedestrian accidents. Regardless of the cause, many accidents occur because a driver does not see a pedestrian until it’s too late. Accidents may also occur when a driver does not respect a pedestrian’s right-of-way or space in a crosswalk.
Unfortunately, instances of vehicles hitting pedestrians often end in fatality or serious injuries, since pedestrians are much smaller and slower than cars. Other serious injuries can include:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Internal bleeding
- Head trauma or a traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
Older people and children are at the highest risk of pedestrian accidents. People over 65 account for 19% of all pedestrian deaths. Out of every five children under the age of 14 killed in a traffic accident, at least one of them is a pedestrian.
After an accident, high medical bills may pile up. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, you may suffer from lost wages. Similarly, if a loved one has been killed in an accident, you must deal with medical expenses, funeral expenses, financial strains created by their lost wages or benefits, and your own pain and suffering. If you have been injured, or lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident, consult a personal injury lawyer for advice on seeking compensation.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after a pedestrian accident, please contact us. We’ll see you through.