Pedestrians are injured every day in Florida. Accidents can occur when crossing the street, jogging, walking on the street or even on a sidewalk. Most of the time, the accidents are caused by drivers who are distracted, texting or on cell phones. The majority of pedestrian fatalities involve alcohol use by either the driver or pedestrian. injured. Pedestrians also can be at fault if they are not careful crossing dangerous streets.
When cars collide with pedestrians, there is high potential for serious injury or death. Pedestrian car crashes accidents are a serious problem throughout Florida. About 5,000 people are killed and another 64,000 are injured crossing the street in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Most incidents of people getting hit by cars while running, jogging, skating or just walking on the street are avoidable accidents in Florida. Our Miami pedestrian accident law firm urges you to never talk on cellphones or text while trying to cross a road as it may prevent them from hearing or seeing an approaching car, truck or bus.
According to Florida’s State Uniform Traffic Control Law a pedestrian is defined as any person afoot and are required to obey the instructions of any traffic control device or police officer. Pedestrians are required by law to use a sidewalk when provided and are not permitted to walk on the paved road. If no sidewalk is provided a pedestrian is required to walk only on the shoulder on the left side of the road facing traffic approaching from the opposite direction.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers are familiar with Florida’s pedestrian traffic regulations and are experienced in the representation of injured pedestrians and their families.
Florida law imposes a duty on pedestrians, as well. Pedestrians are required to follow the laws when walking on or crossing the street. Breaking these laws, for instance by disobeying a walk signal, can result in the pedestrian’s being held accountable, or partly liable, for the accident. When the driver of a car can show that a pedestrian violated one of the laws or rules of sharing the road, it becomes extremely difficult for the pedestrian to press criminal charges or obtain civil damages related to the Florida pedestrian accident.
For over 25 years, we have represented families of people injured and killed across the State of Florida in pedestrian accidents. If you have been involved in a traffic accident in Florida while operating a vehicle or crossing the street, call Aronfeld Trial Lawyers for a free initial consultation regarding your legal rights as an accident victim.