Rarely is there a more devastating and debilitating collision than that between a human body and an automobile. Since 2010, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has been on the rise. Three states (California, Texas and Florida) accounted for one-third of the 4,743 deaths in 2012. The reasons behind this increase are not clearly understood, though researchers have argued everything from the economic recession forcing more people to walk, to current trends encouraging walking for health benefits. One thing is certain, pedestrian fatalities are tied to increases in growth of vulnerable populations including senior and immigrants.
Other patterns in pedestrian deaths can be found in the time of day and the involvement of alcohol. Their most common occurrence took place during the evening and late-night hours with 44% taking place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. in 2012. Of those pedestrians 16 and older killed in 2012, 51% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .008% or higher.
In 2012, Florida saw 476 pedestrian fatalities. During that same year, there were 7,413 pedestrians injured in accidents involving a motor vehicle in Florida. Pedestrian injuries not involving a fatality can cause substantial hardship to the injured person’s family, as they may be unable to work, and the cost of medical treatment can easily climb in excess of $100,000.00. If you or a loved one are involved with in automobile accident as a pedestrian, it is important that you speak with an attorney immediately, even if there is a question as to partial fault on the part of the injured party. A driver of an automobile in Florida has a duty to be aware of his surroundings at all times, therefore, it is imperative to gather evidence and speak to witnesses as quickly as possible. At Personal Injury of Florida, we have successfully prosecuted thousands of injury cases involving pedestrians, even in situations involving alcohol or jaywalking on the part of the victims. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation.