The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This means that every 2 hours one pedestrian has died due to a crash and that a pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes.
Most at Risk for Pedestrian-Vehicle Accidents
Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than a passenger in a vehicle. Most at risk are pedestrians aged 65 and older, children between the ages of 5 and 9, alcohol-impaired pedestrians or pedestrians hit by an alcohol-impaired driver.
Most pedestrian deaths happen at night in urban areas in non-intersection locations. Higher car speeds increase the chances of a pedestrian being hit by a car as well as the gravity of injury.
How to Prevent Injuries and Deaths for Pedestrian from Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Many pedestrian accidents occur at night due to poor visibility. When walking at night you should always carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing or strips.
- Don’t cross the street at non-designated areas. Always try to cross the street at designated crosswalks.
- Sidewalks are much safer to walk on than the street, so when possible avoid walking in the street and walk facing traffic, not with the traffic.
Other Types of Pedestrian Accidents
In addition to pedestrian-vehicle incidents, thousands of non-vehicular pedestrian accidents occur annually. These types of accidents can be attributed to a variety of factors, such as poor property maintenance, sidewalk or parking lot defects and/or construction or other debris on walkways.
Wolf & Pravato Aggressively Fights For Your Rights
When you have been hurt while walking, either by a vehicle or due to other factors, and someone else was at fault, Wolf & Pravato will put the necessary time and money into your case to get the best results.
As a premier Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident law firm that handles major complex litigation in Florida, Wolf & Pravato will not back away from complicated cases. Even if an eight-figure settlement has been offered, if the firm’s lawyers believe the case is worth more, they will go to trial. There’s not too many lawyers who can say that.
Each Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident attorney is a seasoned professional in the personal injury field, with particular experience in pedestrians who have been the victim of an accident caused by a motor vehicle, wrongful death, car and truck accidents, and premises liability and construction accident cases. Learn about our talented team, and next time you need a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer, let us represent you and help you in your pursuit of justice.
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