Sadly, pedestrian accidents are far too common. If you have sustained an injury in a pedestrian accident, it is vital to contact a reputable Miami injury attorney who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we know how a pedestrian accident can turn your life upside down in an instant. You can rest assured that we will examine the details surrounding your injury and create a custom legal strategy for your case.
Earlier this month, two people died in a fatal motorcycle accident that took place in Lee County. A 49-year-old man was operating the motorcycle when he hit a 70-year-old pedestrian who was trying to cross the street at the time. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), both the motorcyclist and pedestrian were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital to be treated for serious injuries. The FHP is currently investigating the accident.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2016. Data from Governors Highway Safety Association found that, in 2016, Florida ranked 2nd highest in terms of pedestrian fatalities at 3.22 per 100k population, right behind New Mexico, which had 3.45 deaths per 100k population. That same year, Miami-Dade had 83 pedestrian fatalities, putting it in the top ten counties with the largest number of pedestrian deaths in the country for 2016. Broward County also made the list with 67 pedestrian fatalities that year.
Establishing Liability for a Pedestrian Accident
Motor vehicles and pedestrians must co-exist on the road. This means following traffic laws and taking the necessary precautions to avoid an accident. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can likely sue the at-fault party. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the level of care and caution behind the wheel that a reasonably prudent person would have used under the same or similar circumstances, thus causing an accident and resulting injury or property damage.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accidents
Since pedestrians have little or no protection, pedestrian accidents can result in devastating, even catastrophic, injuries including spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can be extremely costly to treat. Fortunately, once negligence is established, the plaintiff may be able to recover a wide range of damages such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage and more.
Seasoned Miami Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one was hit by a motor vehicle while walking, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our experienced Miami pedestrians accident attorneys are committed to holding negligent drivers accountable and getting our clients the compensation they rightfully deserve. With extensive experience in Florida personal injury law, our firm can help you understand your legal rights and options. To speak to us in more detail about your case, call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.
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