Driver recklessness often leads to serious injuries or wrongful death. This is especially true of pedestrian accidents that occur in Hallandale and the surrounding South Florida neighborhoods. This happens despite the fact that pedestrians have the right of way at intersections.
In fact, in 2013, 4,735 pedestrians and 743 bicyclists died in auto accidents to no fault of their own. Let’s get into a little more detail about pedestrian accidents in the United States.
As we saw above, more than 12 pedestrians die every day in motor vehicle crashes. As for accidents that result in injury only, 66,000 were reported in 2013 alone, This means, that one person is injured about every 8 minutes. The good thing is that pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle accidents have been declining since 2001, along with pedestrian accidents injuries, with the exception of 2013 when they slightly increased.
Some more data:
Statistics show that pedestrian accidents account for only 12% of pedestrian injuries. At the top of the list, causing 24% of accidents, is tripping on uneven/cracked sidewalks, with tripping and falling as a close second, causing 17% of injuries. Wildlife and pets involved in a pedestrian injury account for 6% of accidents, while tripping on a stone or stepping in a hole both share 5% of the blame.
NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made a detailed breakdown of age, gender, and location of pedestrian accidents victims:
Texting while walking might not sound very dangerous, but actually it is. It is dangerous for both the pedestrian and for the other drivers on the road. Whether bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over cracks or stepping unconsciously into traffic, a number of pedestrian accidents are caused by distracted walking.
Tens of thousands of pedestrians are treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. every year. An estimated 10% of them result from accidents involving mobile phones. Of course, that number could be even higher, due to patients who might be too embarrassed to admit they got injured while texting.
Everyone is walking at college campuses. Some probably even running, because they are late for a class on the other side of the University. And since all the students have their minds wrapped around their studies and exams, they could possible become involved in a pedestrian accident, because they are not paying as much attention as they should be. Such accidents remain a major cause of injuries and fatalities that involve college students in Florida and the other states. There are no rough statistics about pedestrian accidents on college campuses, but students are getting warned to be more aware when walking.
As we saw above, 25% of the pedestrian accidents that result in fatalities occur between 6 P.M. and 9 P.M. if we stretch this window to 5 P.M. and 11 P.M. statistics now show us that 67% of fatal pedestrian crashes peak in that 6 hour window. And it is logical. At night, the visibility is reduced and when this factor is combined with either excessive speeding or alcohol consumption, the results can be catastrophic.
And if there is rain, snow or fog, things get even worse. This is the situation when most pedestrian accidents occur and so all pedestrians should be extremely cautious and aware of their surroundings.
Pedestrians in South Florida have rights which should always be considered by motorists. For instance, a driver is required to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalk areas whether they are marked or not. Drivers however fail to observe this rule for various reasons.
Driving at high speeds is one of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may also cause these accidents. Pedestrian accidents are also the result of poor light conditions which prevent the driver from seeing clearly while driving.
Though these factors are the common causes of pedestrian accidents, a lot of drivers will try to blame the incident on the pedestrian so they can avoid legal responsibility. Victims of these accidents may suffer economic hardships such as paying for medical expenses and lost wages. Injured parties may suffer from brain damage, leg injuries, serious head trauma, paraplegia, amputations, neck and back injuries, or psychological distress.
Here are some tips that will help both drivers and pedestrians avoid accidents.
Let’s start with the tips for drivers:
Tips for pedestrians:
For many years, our firm has successfully represented those who were hurt, injured and have suffered from auto accidents. We have expertise in investigating cases and realize that many drivers fail to acknowledge basic traffic rules. Our personal injury lawyers initiate comprehensive accident investigations with the help of our investigators to identify the person who was liable for the accident.