The growing care for the environment all over the United States has led many people to seek environmentally friendly modes of travel. This means more people on foot who are at risk of being struck by a motor vehicle. While these accidents are rare, they wreak havoc on the injured and their families. These accidents are hardly ever the fault of the pedestrian and are caused by motorists not abiding by Florida law. If this happens to you or a loved one, you may not know what to do next.
The best way to keep the roads safe is for everyone to keep the safety of others in mind. When all parties on the road behave safely within the confines of the law, everyone is at a lower risk of being in an accident. However, drivers bear the most responsibility to keep the safety of the most vulnerable parties on the road safe: pedestrians.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,743 pedestrians were killed, an average of about once every two hours. 76,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents across the U.S. in 2012. NHTSA also points out that in both 2010 and 2011, 73% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas. Even more importantly, in 2011, 70% of the fatalities occurred in “non-intersection” locations.
Please make sure you always cross at an intersection
When in comes to roadway incidents, pedestrian accidents can be the most harmful. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable party in the case of a collision. Such a large piece of heavy metal colliding with a pedestrian yield the worst of life-altering injuries, and oftentimes even death. Some of these injuries include spinal cord damage, paralysis, severe brain injuries, and many others we wish we didn’t see from our clients at BJE Law, P.A.
Medical care is expensive and can become a huge burden on the already injured party. Pedestrians injured in automobile accidents have to pay for surgery, rehabilitation, long term hospital stays, and can lose money from time missed at their job. Don’t pocket the bill for a motorist’s irresponsibility. Call BJE Law P.A. today for a team that will fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you find yourself a victim of an irresponsible motorist, don’t let them or their insurance company keep the compensation you deserve. Call BJE Law P.A. today and schedule a FREE consultation with a Tampa Auto pedestrian accident attorney.