According to a recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Administration, Florida is the least safe state for pedestrians.
The study found that the Sunshine State is home to four of the ten most dangerous metro areas for walkers in the nation. With more than 580 pedestrian accident deaths during the 10-year period studied, Orlando was the deadliest urban center for pedestrians, followed by the greater Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami areas.
Motorists who fail to obey traffic laws or drive recklessly often are liable for a pedestrian’s injuries, even if the pedestrian was improperly in the roadway. Cities and towns can be responsible if a poorly designed intersection or a malfunctioning traffic signal contributes to an accident. Owners of private property such as parking lots also may be responsible, if they failed to maintain the property in a safe condition.
Under the legal doctrine of “comparative negligence,” a pedestrian still may be able to recover some compensation, even if he or she is partly responsible for their injuries. In addition, a third party may also be liable.
The injuries a pedestrian sustains if he or she is struck by a motor vehicle can be severe and life-changing. Common injuries include broken bones, neck injuries, brain injuries, nerve damage, loss of limb, disfigurement, and psychological and emotional trauma. The effects of such injuries can be extensive. In the case of a fatal accident, the loss to the family can be overwhelming.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, or a pedestrian accident caused the loss of a loved one, contact Zweben Law Group. A pedestrian injury lawyer on our team can offer you a free, confidential evaluation of your case and advise you of your rights.
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