Though it's easy to get around by car, many people do walk around our city streets. For the most part, they're safe so long as they abide by regular traffic laws. Sometimes, however, drivers on the road may strike pedestrians, resulting in major injuries and even fatalities. It's for that reason that our Daytona Beach personal injury attorneys take pedestrian accidents seriously. We know just what an impact such an accident can have on someone's life. Let's look at the matter right now.
About Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents refer to injuries sustained by pedestrians when they are struck by motorists. This can happen in busy intersections or even in the suburbs. Our personal injury lawyers in Daytona Beach will fight diligently for you and your loved ones who have been hurt in such a manner.
Why Pedestrian Accidents Are So Serious
Because pedestrians are not in vehicles, they are especially vulnerable to major injury from people in motor vehicles. When law abiding pedestrians are involved in accidents such as these, they often have very little time to react and move out of harm's way.
Common Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
Common injuries from pedestrian accidents can range from major cuts and contusions, broken bones, concussions, spinal cord or neck injuries, and so forth. Obviously in the case of severe accidents, years of medical treatment and physical therapy may be required. That's why you should get our Daytona Beach auto accident attorneys on your side.
The Numbers on Pedestrian Accidents
In 2010, there were 7,894 pedestrian crashes in the State of Florida. Of these pedestrian crashes, 7,290 pedestrians were injured. There were also 499 fatal pedestrian crashes in the state in 2010. While the total number of crashes and injuries were down from 2009 (8,248 crashes; 7,676 injuries), there was a slight increase in fatalities (482).
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include inattentive drivers, speeding, reckless driving, drunk drivers, poorly maintained crosswalks, poorly placed signs, and malfunctioning traffic signals. In addition, major car or trucking accidents may spill over onto a sidewalk and injure pedestrians in the process.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Both accidental and wrongful death is possible with pedestrian accidents depending on the severity of the injury. Given that there were almost 500 pedestrian deaths in 2010, these matters cannot be taken lightly. Families and loved ones will grieve and will need to make sense of the tragedy that has befallen them.
We Are Here for You
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to find legal advocates who are on your side. Our legal team is here for you, and can provide the sound counsel you need to make strong legal decisions.
Learn More About Your Legal Entitlements
For more information about your legal entitlements after a serious injury, be sure to contact our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best decisions about your legal rights. We will fight for you and your loved ones every step of the way.