Crossing the street, even while obeying all of the signal and signs, can be a terrorizing feat, especially for people who are older or physically challenged. Cars in Florida turn right on red, often without stopping, failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk who legally have the right of way. A slower pedestrian will often get stranded in the middle of a divided road because they are not fast enough to beat the timed “walk/don’t walk” sign that flashes when time is running out. This also happens frequently to mothers with small children that are too small to walk quickly. When the coast looks clear they may try to hurry from the center median, against the light, not seeing the car behind them making a U turn around the divider. Or she may underestimate the speed of seemingly distant approaching vehicles. Crossing the street in Florida is perilous due to the many divided roads and distracted drivers.
Drivers can strike pedestrians in many situations which can involve:
- Blind driveways – A driver can’t see a pedestrian because a building or other obstruction blocks the view. Once the driver can clearly see the sidewalk the vehicle is already on it. The same situation can occur in reverse. A retail store, such as a supermarket for example, may have little space between the door and the parking lot.
- Failure to yield – Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians that are in a marked crosswalk. They often do not see them due to distraction or obstruction.
- Speeding – A car traveling at 50 MPH travels one quarter of a mile in the 20 seconds it may take a pedestrian to cross a wide three lane road. If the speed limit is 35 miles per hour that car is travels 400 feet further than a car that is within the speed limit. The crossing pedestrian may think they have plenty of time, not realizing that one of the oncoming vehicles is going to upon them in seconds. Add to that a distracted driver and the consequences can be horrific.
- Distracted Drivers – The statistics on driver distraction in recent years are alarming. Distracted driving can be divided into three categories. The first is manual, where your hands are being used for something other than driving. The second is visual, where you look away from the road. Third is cognitive where your mind is on something other than driving. Texting is the worst form of distraction as it combines all three categories into one action. Talking on a cell phone makes a driver four times more likely to have an accident – about the same as driving drunk. Texting doubles that risk. This is according to a study by David Strayer of the University of Utah.
- Drunk Drivers – Driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both, impairs driving ability by greatly slowing reaction time and causing poor judgment. Many pedestrian accidents involve alcohol or drugs.
- Reckless driving – Driving without the concern of the safety of others is another cause fairly common cause of pedestrian injury or death.
When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian even at low speeds, injuries almost always occur. Many of these injuries are severe, causing lifelong debilitation and even death. Some of the injuries that result from pedestrian collision are:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Sprains and torn ligaments
- Internal injuries
- Spinal injury including paralysis
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injury
Persons injured in a pedestrian motor vehicle have the right to sue for damages above the amount of coverage carried by the drivers no fault policy. If you have been injured or have a loved one that has been injured or killed, it is important that you seek the help of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney immediately. As time passes, facts become clouded and witnesses disappear or become unduly influenced by others. A solid accident attorney group will have the resources to investigate the accident and determine who is at fault. They will also have the funds for providing expert medical testing to determine the true extent of injury and how it will affect life in the future financially, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Dolman Law has the skilled attorneys and the resources to achieve the maximum financial settlement for your case. We offer a free evaluation at our offices or even at your hospital bedside. Call us today or fill out the easy form on this site. Speak with a pedestrian accident attorney before the facts become harder to find.
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Clearwater, FL 33765