In 2021, Florida made up approximately 12% of all pedestrian-traffic deaths in America—the second highest in the country. It’s important to know the causes of most pedestrian-car accidents, so you can protect yourself and do the right things to avoid becoming a victim.
Common Causes of Pedestrian-Car Accidents in Florida
Pedestrians involved in a car accident face a higher risk of serious injury than the driver of the vehicle or the passengers inside. Because those injuries can change a person’s life forever, it’s important to help ensure you’re not a victim of this type of accident. There are many causes of a pedestrian-car accident, including:
- Driver negligence. This includes speeding, failing to obey traffic signals, or driving while distracted. If a driver is texting, eating, talking on the phone, or using GPS technology while behind the wheel, they’re not paying attention to the road.
- Poor visibility. If a driver is behind the wheel when it’s dark, there is heavy rain, or in instances when there are blocked sidewalks and crosswalks, they may not be able to see a pedestrian.
- Illegally parked cars. Any time a car is parked illegally or in an unusual manner, it may block a driver’s visibility of an approaching pedestrian.
Ways Pedestrians Can Help Prevent Being Hit by a Car
- Wear reflective clothing if you’re walking at night or during inclement weather when visibility is low
- Carry a flashlight or other light source, so drivers can easily spot you as they pass by
- Cross streets in crosswalks and at designated areas
- Walk on a sidewalk instead of in the road
- Avoid texting while you’re walking
However, Florida pedestrians aren’t the only ones responsible for avoiding an accident. Drivers have a specific duty of care when on the road and are expected to exercise caution and look out for pedestrians. Failing to do can be the cause of a pedestrian accident and considered negligence.
Injuries Associated With Pedestrian-Car Accidents
Pedestrian-car accidents can cause a range of serious injuries that require ongoing medical care and may affect your ability to continue working. Common injuries associated with these accidents include:
- Head trauma such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage resulting in permanent disability or paralysis
- Broken bones or tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
At Browning Law Firm, we understand the complexities of pedestrian-auto accidents and can help protect your rights. We can walk you through each step of the legal process and help ensure you get the compensation you deserve. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
If you have been injured in a Florida pedestrian-car accident, contact Browning Law immediately. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call our office at (850) CALL-COY.