When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the results can be grim. Because pedestrians have no armor to protect themselves, their injuries after an accident with a car are frequently very severe. Death, paralysis, broken bones, and brain injury are some potentially grievous results of pedestrian accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 4,000 pedestrians are killed annually in roadway accidents. The causes of pedestrian accidents are diverse. According to the NHTSA, pedestrian accidents are most commonly attributed to pedestrians improperly crossing a roadway or intersection, pedestrian or a motorist failure to yield the right of way, pedestrian or driver physical impairment, “darting” or running into the road, and poor visibility.
Roads in the United States are notoriously pedestrian–unfriendly. Our streets tend to cater to automobiles, rather than pedestrians and bicyclists. The US Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Safety Guide notes that traffic speed is often the most critical aspect to street walk-ability and pedestrian safety. Streets accommodating faster speeds are more likely to have pedestrian safety problems. At high speeds, motorists may not be able to spot pedestrians or stop in time to avoid a crash.
Pedestrian accidents frequently result in child injury. Because children are small and less visible, and because they are more likely to dart into the street, children risk becoming involved in pedestrian accidents. When it comes to legal liability, drivers are expected to exercise the utmost care around children, especially while driving near a school or park.
In pedestrian accident cases, courts analyze both the behavior of the driver and the pedestrian in apportioning liability. Drivers have a duty to drive safely and reasonably to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pedestrians are also under a duty to exercise due care and avoid injury. Some of the common examples of pedestrian negligence are pedestrians’ failure to obey traffic signals, pedestrians’ failure to use marked crosswalks, and pedestrians darting out into traffic.
An experienced personal injury attorney is vital after a pedestrian–vehicle accident. Unique legal and insurance related considerations come up in pedestrian accident cases. Those interested in pursuing compensation or a legal claim after a pedestrian accident should seek the legal counsel of an attorney who has strong experience in pedestrian accidents.
The South Florida pedestrian accident attorneys at Anidjar & Levine are ready to help. If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian accident, call the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Anidjar & Levine for a free consultation. Our Florida offices can be reached at (800) 747–FREE.