Miami Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities
A pedestrian is any person who is walking, jogging, hiking when hit by a car, truck or bus. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 injured in traffic accidents in the United States.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has a statutory responsibility to collect crash data, keep statistics and disseminate reports about motor vehicle accidents across the State of Florida.
Each year the FDHSMV releases its findings including the number of pedestrian injuries per county. Since 2006, Miami-Dade has been the most dangerous county in Florida for pedestrians. According to the 5 year pedestrian injury report by county, approximately 1,300 pedestrians are injured in Miami-Dade every year.
Nearly 3/4 people killed by a car when walking happen in urban versus rural settings while crossing the street at a non-intersection. 90% occur during normal dry road conditions during the night. Most people who are killed crossing the street in Florida are children under the age of 5. Statistically, male pedestrians are twice as likely to be killed crossing the street than females. Nearly 48% of every pedestrian fatality in Florida involves alcohol either for the driver or pedestrian.
Our Miami-Dade pedestrian injury lawyers recommend that you always cross at a designated crosswalk and look left, right and left again before crossing. At night, one should carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing to highlight body movements. Use sidewalks whenever possible, but if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
Our law firm has been helping those injured in pedestrian car, truck and bus accidents for over two decades. Depending upon the facts of your case, additional claims may be possible such as:
- Claims against the other driver and/or his insurance company.
- Claims against your own insurance company for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits.
- Claims against the other driver’s employer. .
- Claims against the manufacturer the driver’s car or truck if the vehicle did not perform as designed during the accident, like a sudden acceleration or brake failure.
- Claims against the owner of the other vehicle (if different from the driver) for possible negligent entrustment, if the driver was unfit.
- Claims against a restaurant, bar, liquor store, club or hotel for serving too much alcohol to the driver.
- Claims against the State of Florida for negligent road repair or construction.
- Claims against a third party for causing the accident and leaving the scene.
- Claims for PIP benefits paid for medical bills and lost wages.
Our office will pursue all responsible parties so that you get the justice and maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries. Lawsuits against careless drivers can be filed at any Miami-Dade Courthouse. We typically file claims on behalf of our clients at the Coral Gables District Court located next to our office on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. However, the cases are heard before judges and juries at the Miami-Dade Circuit Court located at 73 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130.