Pedestrian accidents are more common than you might think. In fact, according to the Federal Highway Safety Administration, 59,000 pedestrians are injured roadway crashes annually, and pedestrian fatalities account for about 12 percent of all traffic fatalities.
More pedestrians are killed or injured while crossing roads either at busy intersections or stepping out between parked cars than any other cause, and whether texting, talking on the phone or simply not paying attention, distracted and careless drivers are to blame for most pedestrian accidents. Taking one’s eyes off the road for mere seconds can result in a devastating injury to people walking, running or cycling near the roadside or in a crosswalk.
When a pedestrian is involved in a motor vehicle accident they are at risk for countless serious injuries. Pedestrians who survive an accident frequently come away with catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, dislocated joints and spinal cord injuries.
Some of the most common negligent practices by motorists include:
o Failure to observe posted speed limits
o Failure to stop or yield at posted intersections
o Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at marked crosswalks
o Disregard for traffic lights and signs
Drivers of cars, truck and other motor vehicles in Florida have a legal duty to watch for and yield to pedestrians at all marked intersections and crosswalks. When they don’t, and people are injured as a result, we believe they should be held accountable.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact our office for a free case consultation. The attorneys at Stone & Capobianco specialize in all types of Personal Injury law including bicycle accidents, auto accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, slip & falls and wrongful death. If you have any questions, please contact our firm today for a free case consultation. Call 772-781-4357 today or fill out our client form here.