Pedestrian Accidents in Florida

Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Reflect on High Pedestrian Accident Rate

Last year, Orlando, Florida was named one of the most dangerous areas for pedestrians in the country. In a report by Smart Growth America, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area saw the second-highest number of pedestrian accidents in the state. Out of those accidents, officials found that adults 65 and over are twice as likely to be struck by cars.

Anyone who has been injured in a pedestrian accident should contact a pedestiran accident attorney immediately. Injuries from accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. An experienced attorney can help alleviate some of the stress by securing a payout from the liable party.

Leading Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Officials cite a number of reasons for the numerous pedestrian accidents in Florida. Poor pedestrian infrastructure, sprawling highways, and dangerous speed limits are some of the most common factors in these types of accidents.

Additionally, Florida attracts over 100 million tourists a year who are often unfamiliar with the area. Many tourists flock to the main attractions in major urban areas like Orlando where they travel on foot all day or get around in a rental car. They may not be familiar with traffic signals and street signs. They are usually focused on looking at the sights and the scenery, which can provoke deadly pedestrian accidents.

Distracted driving accounts for the majority of pedestrian accidents during the daytime. Most accidents can be sorted into one of these categories:

  • Dart-Outs – When a pedestrian suddenly darts out onto the road against the light, drivers can’t stop their cars quickly enough, resulting in an accident.
  • Intersection Accidents – When a pedestrian tries to cross an intersection at a bad time, they don’t give motorists enough time to react.
  • Passing Accidents – These types of accidents happen when a driver is negligent and doesn’t notice a pedestrian after another, usually larger, vehicle stops and allows them to cross.
  • Vehicle Turn and Merge Accidents – Vehicle turn and merge accidents occur when a driver is focused on turning and merging with traffic, ignoring pedestrians that are trying to cross.
  • Vendor Accidents – A number of cases involve negligent drivers of commercial vehicles.
  • Backup Accidents – Some drivers may fail to assess the situation when backing up their car, potentially striking a pedestrian in the process.

Most Common Pedestrian Injuries

Almost half of all accidents involving pedestrians result in foot and leg injuries. Head, neck, and face injuries are also common. Female pedestrians are more likely to suffer from a broken hip and other pelvic injuries than their male counterparts, especially if the victim is over 65.

Attorney William Umansky and his team of pedestrian accident attorneys have helped countless victims recover from severe injuries. To reduce pedestrian fatalities, Mr. Umansky offered a few tips from his observations over the past 20 years. At intersections, he recommends:

1. Stay off your cell phone including both texting and calling.
2. Assume others drivers are not paying attention. This is called defensive driving and will reduce accidents.
3. If you are injured in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to help you in recovering the damages.

Pedestrians have slightly more recourse in Florida. If they are hit by a commercial vehicle that is found to be at fault, the pedestrian has what is called “vicarious liability.” This means is that the person who was hit can sue both the individual driver and also the company they were driving for. If this happens to you or someone close to you, find an experienced personal injury attorney to recover your losses.

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