Florida auto-pedestrian accident statistics

Pedestrians have the right of way in most cases. While some pedestrians may choose to cross a street where there is no crosswalk, that does not automatically relieve the driver of the car from liability if the car strikes the pedestrian. However, the number of car-pedestrian accidents in Florida is alarming. Here are some of the most recent statistics available from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

— In 2012, there were 8,258 pedestrian crashes in Florida. That is an increase of 17.32 percent over three years.

— Of pedestrian crashes, 7,413 were injured. That is an increase of 19.68 percent over three years.

— 473 pedestrians were killed in crashes in 2012. That is a decrease of 4.83 percent over three years.

While the number of pedestrian fatalities declined between 2010 and 2012, the number of crashes involving pedestrian injuries increased. Miami-Dade County had the highest number of pedestrian crash fatalities with 76. The next two counties with the highest number of pedestrian crash fatalities were Broward and Orange, with 52 and 45 respectively.

When a pedestrian is injured due to a driver’s negligence or recklessness, he or she may wish to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional trauma and other losses. Family members of pedestrians who are killed in car-pedestrian crashes have a right to seek compensation also.

An experienced personal injury attorney can provide valuable advice during this difficult time for the victims and their families. Understanding the civil court process for seeking compensation can make this time a bit less stressful.

Source: firesportal.com, “Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2012” Aug. 22, 2014

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