However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, more and more people could begin joining the movement. The way the economy looks right now, they might find themselves unable to pay for fuel, insurance, and car payments. In turn, if they want to head to a store, the beach, an amusement park, or anywhere else, they may have to strap on their shoes and get to walking. There is certainly nothing wrong with taking this action, but pedestrians must remain aware of their surroundings while they are traveling on foot.
A person who fails to keep their head on a swivel could find themselves in a nightmare scenario. Drivers have to share the Florida roadways with pedestrians. If an operator is reckless or negligent, their car could strike an individual trying to get across the street at a crosswalk, leaving them injured, or worse, dead. There are far more car-pedestrian accidents in Florida than most people believe. According to Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Sunshine State accounted for 9,356 such crashes in 2018.
The incidents led to 7,935 pedestrian injuries and 720 fatalities. This article will focus on the former. Just because a person is able to walk away from a pedestrian crash with their life intact, that does not mean that they are fine. Rather, they can sustain broken bones, deep lacerations, traumatic brain injury, and more. Such ailments can be minor or severe. Where the latter is concerned, sometimes, a person needs weeks, months, or even years to recover.
A lot of expensive procedures, medications, and treatments may be required. Not to mention, the injured party might be out of work for the time being, which means they won’t be receiving wages. As a result, it will be quite challenging for them to purchase necessities like groceries and pay any extra bills that are piling up. Thankfully, if somebody else's negligence caused the pedestrian crash, the victim might be entitled to fair compensation for their damages.
Michael Babboni, our accident attorney, has more than 27 years of experience in representing injured Floridians. Together, the partners at the firm have handled over 10,000 personal injury cases. They know how to navigate the Sunshine State's complex legal system and get clients the money that they deserve. So don't delay any longer as the initial case review is free. Contact our office and schedule your appointment today..