Collisions between pedestrians and cars, trucks or buses often result in severe injuries and fatalities. Crosswalks, parking lots, sidewalks, and other heavily trafficked areas are common sites for pedestrian accidents. If you have been struck by a vehicle in Orlando, Tampa, or Lakeland and believe you have a claim, a pedestrian accident lawyer at Burnetti, P.A. may be able to help you.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Orlando claimed the top spot on the 2011 Transportation for America pedestrian safety report for the most dangerous places for pedestrians according to the calculations of its Pedestrian Danger Index. The Pedestrian Danger Index accounts for the number of pedestrian deaths in relation to the amount of walking within a particular metropolitan area and other considerations.
Florida placed in the top four positions with Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami respectively. In November 2009, the last time Transportation for America released this study, Orlando also ranked as the most dangerous metro area for pedestrians. According to an article published in the Orlando Sentinel, Florida’s growth and road design have fostered an environment conducive to the high speed, efficient movement of automobiles, but has created a dangerous obstacle course for bikers, walkers, and other pedestrian travelers. The elderly, tourists and minorities constitute a disproportionately high number of pedestrian fatalities.
Even though a vehicle is substantially larger than a pedestrian, a pedestrian may not always see the vehicle before it strikes; even if the pedestrian does see the vehicle, they may not be able to move fast enough to avoid a collision. The resulting injuries may be devastating and include:
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
- “Road rash”
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of life
Pedestrian accident victims may require medical care, hospitalization, surgeries, physical therapy or rehabilitation. The quality of life may never return to the way it was before the accident.
Working Justice for You
A pedestrian may not always have the right of way; however, drivers have a responsibility to drive safely and to be aware of their surroundings. Some of the most common pedestrian and crosswalk accidents may involve collisions that were caused by a car, bus, semi-truck, taxi or truck driver who:
- Failed to see the pedestrian due to limited or poor visibility
- Drove drunk or distracted
- Ignored a stop light or traffic signal
- Failed to yield the right of way
- Did not see the pedestrian because they were focusing on traffic
- Drove recklessly or exceeded the speed limit
- Violated traffic laws
- Failed to take caution in a school zone or residential area
In addition to negligent drivers, pedestrian accidents may also be caused by defective vehicle parts, including faulty brakes that prohibit a driver from stopping. Burnetti, P.A. can investigate a potential claim to determine if negligence or defective parts contributed to the collision, and can draw on experience to know what an injury or loss is worth.
Maximizing Your Financial Compensation Recovery
If you were injured due to a driver’s negligence or a defective car part, a pedestrian accident lawyer at Burnetti, P.A. may be able to help you fight for maximum compensation. To advocate for clients across Florida, Burnetti, P.A. offices are located in Orlando, Lakeland and Tampa. If you believe you have a pedestrian accident claim, call 1-888-BURNETTI for a free case evaluation.