Vehicle and Motorized Transport Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents and Crosswalk Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 490 people were killed in pedestrian traffic accidents in Florida in 2008. In addition, NHTSA found that of the 10 most dangerous cities in the U.S. for pedestrians, five are located in Florida. In 2012, based upon the same national pedestrian index, Orlando, Florida was statistically established to be the most dangerous city in the United States for pedestrians and cyclist. Obviously, the injuries can be severe and even life threatening depending on the speed of the vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries to the pedestrian victims involved. As with other types of traffic or car accidents, it is critical to accurately determine how the accident occurred. At The Arnold Law Group, our Florida pedestrian accident injury attorneys can assist you with your case from the very beginning.
In nearly all car-pedestrian accidents, there is a question raised regarding the positions of the pedestrian and the car when contact first occurred. This often suggests culpability on the part of the driver or may indicate poor risk perception on the part of the pedestrian.
In some cases it is also important to have an understanding of how the pedestrian was positioned to the car when struck. An issue is nearly always raised regarding the speed of the vehicle involved in the collision. This, of course, could suggest culpability or negligence on the part of the driver. Occasionally, the speed of the pedestrian is an issue-that is, whether the pedestrian was running or walking at the time of the accident.
Driver and pedestrian strategy in handling pedestrian accident cases involves other issues such as position on the road and pedestrian conspicuousness or the decisions drivers and pedestrians make before perceiving any hazard that may influence their chances to avoid an accident.
Driver and pedestrian tactics relate to what drivers and pedestrians do when a hazard has been perceived. Proper interpretation and prompt reaction to the hazard may influence the likelihood of accident avoidance. Typical evasive tactics of the driver include braking and steering.
If you have been seriously injured in an automobile accident it may be important to contact a car accident lawyer who can help you protect your legal rights. A pedestrian accident attorney at The Arnold Law Group will evaluate your case free of charge. In addition, you will not pay any fees or costs unless your attorney recovers money for you by a jury verdict or pre-suit settlement.
Give our Central Florida personal injury attorneys a call today at (407) 246-1950 or fill our free case evaluation form.