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Why are fatal pedestrian accidents on the rise?

| Apr 17, 2018 | Blog |

Florida readers know that pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to an impact with a moving vehicle. They have no protection against the heavy weight and steel frame of a car or truck, and often, the pedestrian suffers serious, if not fatal injuries.

Across the country, there has been an increase in the number of this specific type of accident. Pedestrian fatalities are increasing, and there are many people struggling to identify the reason why and work to increase safety for people traveling by foot. Of course, one of the most common reasons for pedestrian accidents is negligent drivers.

Is it becoming more dangerous to walk?

In the last few years, the numbers of pedestrian accidents have been steadily increasing, yet it is likely there are multiple factors to blame for this. Consider the following factors about walking and the risk of involvement in a car accident: 

  • In 2016, approximately 6,000 people died in pedestrian accidents.
  • There are economic factors that could determine whether or not a person is more likely to walk or drive to work and everyday places.
  • Speed, intoxication and other factors can lead to a greater chance of a pedestrian accident.
  • Researchers believe that smartphone use could be a primary reason for the recent increase in pedestrian accidents.

There are more drivers than ever before who own smartphones, and many people use them while operating a vehicle. Despite the well-known dangers of distracted driving, many people still drive while using their phones.

A driver who is not completely focused on the task at hand may not see a pedestrian. Distracted driving is negligent driving, and it is possible for injured pedestrians to hold liable parties accountable. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to seek appropriate compensation for your pain and suffering caused by another person.

The rights of injured pedestrians

If you suffered in a pedestrian accident, you may be dealing with serious injuries and expenses related to medical bills and more. The physical and financial consequences of your accident may have had a detrimental impact on your life, but you could have a rightful claim to recovery through a civil claim.

An evaluation of your case can help you understand the legal options available to you as an accident victim. You do not have to suffer alone after a pedestrian accident, but you can fight for the full amount of recompense you deserve.

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