According to government statistics, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes, and one pedestrian is killed every two hours. When more than a ton of metal and glass on wheels collides with a human being, the consequences can be devastating for both the victim and a family.
With the increase in distracted driving violations (cell phone calls and texting), more pedestrians than ever are in danger of suffering a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you need to be sure that your medical and financial needs are covered. To do that, you should call our Jacksonville Florida personal injury law firm.
Pedestrian accidents can occur to anyone, but are especially prevalent for the elderly and children. The rate of death for those over the age of 70 who are involved in pedestrian accidents is twice as high as for those under 70.
A pedestrian accident can cause traumatic brain injury, severe soft tissue injury, spinal cord injury and severe fractures. A driver who is distracted, fails to observe a crosswalk or to yield the right of way to pedestrians is negligent and a lawsuit filed against a negligent driver may be necessary to recover just compensation for your injuries.
In Florida, vehicles should yield to pedestrians whether the pedestrian is in or outside of a crosswalk. In particular, drivers should exercise the utmost caution and safety while driving in areas where there are children present including schools, day care centers, parks, and residential neighborhoods.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident and you need more information about your rights and options under Florida law, contact us online or call us at (904) 355-8888 to set up a FREE consultation with an experienced Jacksonville Florida personal injury lawyer.