We tend to think of sidewalk accidents involving slip and falls or falling objects. However, people in Florida and throughout the United States have been injured when vehicles have come crashing onto the sidewalk. If you or someone close to you has been hit by a car while on a sidewalk, you could have grounds to pursue a claim against the at-fault party. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys can take care of the legal process so that you and your family can focus on recovering.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2015. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours. In addition, the CDC found that about 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in that same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip. This makes sense because there is no steel cage protecting pedestrians in the same way there is for passenger vehicle occupants.
Negligent drivers not only affect those driving on the road, but also they can affect pedestrians on the nearby sidewalks as well. This is because, in the case of multiple car crashes, each car can have a different impact point and collide with nearby property and pedestrians.