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A pedestrian accident can drastically change your life in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, both Florida and Georgia are hotbeds for pedestrian accidents. Busy cities like Jacksonville, Tampa, and Atlanta feature nice weather and plenty of attractions that draw crowds of tourists – and lots of vehicle traffic. In the first half of 2020, Florida ranked third in pedestrian fatalities with more than 330 while Georgia ranked fifth with over 100 deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident through no fault of your own, you shouldn’t have to deal with the resulting economic stress and physical suffering alone. Whether it was due to distracted driving, poor road engineering, design or conditions, or some other form of negligence, what matters is that you got hurt. That can lead to huge medical bills, long-term disabilities, missed wages, and other losses. At Farah & Farah, our team of qualified and compassionate pedestrian lawyers can help you seek justice and fight for any legal compensation you may be entitled to. Call us 24/7 at (877) 245-6707 or contact us online for your free case review.
According to national statistics from the GHSA, more than 6,200 pedestrians died in 2018, and more than 6,500 died in 2019. Preliminary data for 2020 suggests that pedestrian deaths will be similar to 2019 levels – if not more – despite reduced traffic due to COVID-19. And just seven states, including Florida and Georgia, make up more than half all pedestrian accident fatalities.
Even more worrying, these numbers are trending in the wrong direction. The last few years have seen the most pedestrian deaths since the late ‘80s, and during the 10-year period from 2010-2019, the number of U.S. pedestrian fatalities increased by 46%.
Several factors are driving this trend, especially in warmer, more populous areas. Walking is typically a more feasible and attractive option in these regions, and people are more likely to walk at night. The number of nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 54% over the last decade, compared to a 16% increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities. Alcohol impairment – for either the pedestrian or driver – was also involved in more than half of all fatal pedestrian accidents during this time period. Additionally, pedestrians and drivers are more frequently distracted by cellphones, and drivers have generally shifted to larger, more dangerous vehicles.
In most pedestrian accidents, either the driver or the walker is responsible, or both parties share fault. A common misconception is that drivers must always yield to pedestrians, and therefore drivers are always responsible for accidents. However, people who are walking are also required to adhere to traffic signals and walking signs. Depending on the circumstances, other outside parties may also liable, including:
It’s important to protect yourself by knowing what steps to take if you’re ever injured in a pedestrian accident. Those steps include:
Even if you’re not sure about proceeding with legal action, it’s a good idea to consult with a pedestrian lawyer. Time is of the essence in most legal claims, and there may be information and angles that you haven’t fully considered. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, a pedestrian lawyer can help you:
If you or a loved one were struck by a passenger or commercial vehicle, the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Farah & Farah can help. We’ve seen firsthand the devastation that a pedestrian accident can wreak on a family through no fault of their own, and we’re committed to helping you navigate any and all aspects of your case.
Reliable counsel and representation can be an invaluable tool when you’re trying to hold negligent parties responsible. We’ll fight hard to maximize any compensation you may be entitled to, so you can focus on getting healthy and financially secure. Don’t hesitate to call us 24/7 at (877) 245-6707 or contact us online for your free case review.