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Florida Pedestrian Accidents

FLORIDA PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

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Traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities remain a major public health problem in Florida despite progress made in traffic engineering, and vehicle safety. Pedestrian accidents happen when a car, truck, motorcycle, scooter or bicycle hits a person who may be simply walking on the road, attempting to cross the street or just standing on a sidewalk.  Pedestrian accidents in Florida are extraordinarily dangerous and often lead to serious injuries and death.  According to the CDC over 7000 people are killed on our highways and roads in pedestrian accidents every year.   That means one person dies approximately every 75 minutes. In fact, one out of every six people who died in car accidents is a pedestrian.

Our pedestrian traffic accident lawyers in Miami have decades of experience representing injured people and their families in car, motorcycle, truck, bicycle and scooter accidents with pedestrians and or runners.  Spencer Aronfeld is an avid runner and knows and understands the risks associated with sharing the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles. 

As a Miami personal injury law firm, we understand the law that protects Florida’s pedestrians and runners when they are injured or killed in traffic accidents. 

Florida’s Statutes Section 316.130 governs the laws for pedestrians in Florida. There are specific requirements and prohibitions as to how pedestrians can cross the street, use sidewalks and traverse bridges.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident anywhere in the State of Florida, it is important to speak with a lawyer who understands the law and can help you get the full value of your claim.  You may be entitled to receive money for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and more. 

FLORIDA'S UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL LAW

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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.

DUTY OF A PEDESTRIAN IN FLORIDA

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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.

DO YOU HAVE A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CLAIM?

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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.

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DUI PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS IN FLORIDA

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Pedestrian accidents are also the cause for over 100,000 people getting treated in Emergency Rooms each year. Alcohol seems to be the most common risk factor for pedestrian accidents- Involving both the driver, or the pedestrian and sometimes both.   

It has been found that alcohol was involved in nearly 50% of all pedestrian crashes that resulted in death.  Over 10% of those involved drivers with alcohol levels that exceed Blood Alcohol Levels that exceed .08 g/dl and/or about ⅓ of pedestrians had Blood Alcohol Levels in excess of .08 g/dl.  

SPEEDING TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WITH PEDESTRIANS

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High rates of vehicle speed increases both the likelihood of a pedestrian accident as well as the severity of the injury. In other words, the faster a car travels the more likely it will cause a pedestrian injury or death.  

This is because the majority of pedestrian deaths occur in city areas on roadways that are away from crosswalks or intersections where cars are going to be traveling at a higher rate of speed, particularly at night.  This analysis is known as the pedestrian fatality risk.  

Traffic engineers have analyzed the increased risk of pedestrians being hit by the front of passenger cars due to excessive speed. Studies have shown that the the likelihood of a pedestrian fatality is directly correlated to the speed on impact. For example, the impact speed at 50 km/h is more than twice as high as the risk and 40 km an hour is more than five times the risk of 30 km/h.

ELDERLY PEOPLE AT GREATER RISK FOR A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the risk of serious injury and death in a pedestrian accident increases with age. In fact pedestrians 65 years and older are 2 to 8 times more likely to die if being struck by a motor vehicle. This is in large part due to the fact that people of this age group are less physically resilient, heal slower and have more brittle bones and other comorbidities.

This is a serious problem in Florida which has a large demographic of elderly people. In fact older adults account for over 70% of the US population. Based on current projections, more than 16,000 elderly people are expected to die as a result of a pedestrian car accident in the United States this year a woman.

The primary reasons the elderly people are at a greater risk is because they are more likely to walk across the road as opposed to a crosswalk, they move more slowly, and the reaction times are delayed.

One thing that can be done to improve elderly pedestrian safety Is to create more crosswalks and pedestrian bridges, and encourage them to wear more visible clothing, only walk in daylight, and to have iContact with the drivers before attempting to cross the road. Or enforcement can also do a lot by lowering speed limits and working to ensure that pedestrians have the right of way when they cross the street.

PEOPLE OF COLOR AT HIGHER RISK FOR PEDESTRIAN INJURY AND DEATH 

It is hard to imagine but studies have shown and verified that people of color or more likely to die in a pedestrian or bicycle accident than caucasions according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

The authors of the National Household Travel Survey analyzed traffic fatalities between 2016 and 2018.  They measured the number of deaths and divided them by mode and race and ethnicity from data from the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The study revealed that traffic fatalities were systematically higher for black and Hispanic Americans for all modes of transportation especially for vulnerable modes such as cycling, and walking. In fact, the study revealed that black Americans die at more than four times the rate that for white Americans while cycling and two times higher while walking.

Accordingly, traffic fatalities continue to be a substantial yet very preventable safety challenge in our country.   Particularly for Black and Hispanic Americans which  have a significantly higher traffic fatality rate per mile traveled than those of White Americans.

HOW TO PREVENT PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS, INJURIES AND DEATH 

New accident avoidance technology available in modern cars, trucks and motorcycles can seriously reduce the number of vehicle accidents with pedestrians-  resulting in fewer fatalities and injuries in Florida.  

This new technology, known as pedestrian crash prevention systems (PCP) lowers the risk of crash and the severity of injuries.  However, there are certain questions that remain regarding the reliability of these new technologies. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did a test of data from 2018 to 2021 where they looked at several PCP systems to analyze them in terms of their effectiveness. Their experiment consisted of over 3000 tests on 91 different vehicles ranging in size, make and model.

The results of the tests are staggering in that it found that PCP systems on average are able to lower impact speeds by over 50% which in real life situations translates to a substantial risk of fatality and serious injury.

MAKING A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CLAIM

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Car accidents with pedestrians often cause life changing injuries.  We typically see people who have suffered broken bones, spine injuries and brain injuries as a result of being hit by a car while walking or jogging on a street or sidewalk. 

If the accident happens on private property such as a hotel parking lot or shopping center both the driver and the property owner may be liable in part.  In addition, drivers who hit people walk or jogging on streets and sidewalks in Miami or throughout Florida can be responsible to pay for medical bills, time lost from work, pain and suffering and disfigurement and more. 

Florida has a four year statute of limitations that applies to most pedestrian car accidents but we suggest that you contact us as soon as possible after your accident so that we can understand and investigate how and why your accident occurred. 

Insurance companies like State Farm, Allstate, Progressive and GEICO have an army of adjusters, lawyers and experts who are highly paid to make sure you get little to no money for your personal injury case. 

You need a strong legal advocate who will fight for you and make sure you get every penny you are entitled to. 

Call our Miami PI lawyers today for a free initial consultation.  We can speak to you by telephone, SKYPE, FACETIME, ZOOM and we make home, hospital and rehabilitation facility visits- 24/7. 

There are large mega personal injury law firms in Florida that have hundreds of lawyers and your case will be nothing by a file on somebody’s desk.  At Aronfeld Trial Lawyers you will receive individual attention by our highly trained attorneys- who will guide you through every step of the process. 

We work on a pure contingency fee basis.  Which means that you don’t pay us a penny unless we are able to get your money.  Call us today: we are ready to help you.

 A: Yes.  Even if you failed to use an available crosswalk you can still make a claim for your personal injuries. 

A: If you were hit by a car or truck in Florida and you do not have PIP insurance, the car or truck owner’s insurance will pay your bills. 

A:  If you are in pain after being hit by a car- go to your nearest ER or Urgent Care.  Once you are medically stabilized, call us and we can help you with your legal claim. 



A: Depends on your injury, the liability (how the accident happened) and the amount of liability insurance the driver has.  Call us today, we will help you figure this out. 

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