Even though gas prices may be hitting new lows, many people across Florida are still opting to leave their cars in their garage. Indeed, the preferred mode of transportation for many is now traveling on foot, as it not only helps save money on things like fuel and insurance, but also promotes a healthier and more eco-friendly lifestyle.
While this is certainly an admirable decision, it's important to point out that pedestrians here in Florida are at an elevated risk of being struck by motor vehicles. If you don't believe it, consider that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration ranked the Sunshine State fifth worst in the nation for pedestrian fatalities as recently as 2014 with a rate of 2.46 fatalities per 100,000 people.
While the state Department of Transportation has taken steps to make things safer -- constructing foot bridges, installing crossing signals, installing warning signs, etc. -- the fact remains that motorists are still going to be distracted or reckless, and pedestrians are still going to suffer as a result.
As discouraging as this reality is, pedestrian accident victims and their families can take some comfort in the fact that they do have options for holding negligent motorists legally accountable for the devastation they have caused.
At VanNess & VanNess, P.A., we have extensive experience handling all types of personal injury cases, particularly those involving pedestrian accidents resulting in life-changing injuries or wrongful death. Thanks to this experience, we understand the unique challenges often faced by clients and what takes to overcome them.
To learn more about our approach, our resources and our record of success in pedestrian accident cases, please visit our website.