Headlines That Show The Dangers Associated With Pedestrian Versus Car Accidents
Walking is a great way to get from point A to point B, and more people should probably be doing it today. It is an excellent form of exercise. While it may not pump up one's biceps, pecs, or triceps, it can certainly do a number on a person's calves and thighs. Additionally, walking can assist an individual with their weight loss endeavors. Plus, this everyday activity doesn't cost anything. Rather, folks just have to put on their clothes, shoes, lock up the house and go. They do not need to purchase gas, insurance, or anything else. Instead, they only have to put forth a little effort.
Much like almost everything in this world, walking from one place to the next can be dangerous too. For instance, a woman could be walking down a sidewalk simply to have a purse snatcher jump out of the bushes and steal her handbag. On another occasion, perhaps, a man is walking down an alley on his way home when a gang of three assaults him. However, these are not the types of dangers that are going to be discussed here.
This post is focusing on how hazardous it is to be a pedestrian next to a roadway. When one of these events occurs, it does not always end well for the person on foot. Skin in bone is no match for metal, fiberglass, rubber, and glass. Don't just take our word for it though. Instead, take a peek at some of the recent headlines in Florida.
• Bay News 9 – Pedestrian Hit, Killed Walking Along US 41 In Citrus
• News 13 – Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Orange County Crash
• Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Pedestrian Critically Hurt In Manatee County Crash
• WTLV – Pedestrian Hit, Killed By Semi-Truck On I-95 North Near Downtown Jacksonville
Some Stats That Reveal The Danger Exists In Florida
According to Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 659 pedestrian fatalities and 8,126 injuries from 9,420 incidents involving cars in 2017. Meanwhile, 9,102 pedestrian crashes were recorded in the Sunshine State in 2016. They led to 7,796 injuries and 667 deaths. As if those figures weren't enough, just wait, there are more.
In 2015, the FLHSMV reported that 632 fatalities and 7,870 injuries were the results of 9,085 pedestrian crashes. Between locals and tourists walking and driving around in Florida at what seems like all hours of the day, accidents are bound to happen every now and again. Unfortunately, with stats like these, they appear to be occurring more often than one might think.
Reasons To Contact Our Firm If You Or A Loved One Are In A Pedestrian/Car Crash
For one, if a person sustains injuries from such an incident, the necessary medical treatment to recover can be quite costly. The individual is probably out of work, has no money coming in, and is overwhelmed all the way around. If it can be proven that the driver of the car acted negligently or recklessly, the victim may be able to become compensated for the wounds. Settlement amounts vary on a case by case basis, and they are calculated by things such as current and future physician bills, lost wages, medications/medical supplies, long term care costs, and more. It can be just what the doctor ordered for offsetting your recovery expenses.
Family members might be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party as well when their loved one was taken away from them before his or her time. Of course, no amount of money can make up for what they lost, but still, it can help them in covering medical/funeral costs. Additionally, being awarded a fair sum can assist them in the transition of living life without the person. After all, sometimes, pedestrians are working mothers and fathers. Children and spouses depend on their income, but it is no longer coming in. So, don't delay any longer. Instead, give us a call to get the legal representation that you deserve.