Many pedestrian accidents stem from driver recklessness and illegal behavior. With severe injuries and death, people who have been impacted need to understand what they can do in the aftermath.
Pedestrian fatality statistics are troubling
Given the pedestrian risk, the entire month of October has been dedicated to pedestrian safety. This is understandable given the number of pedestrian deaths that have been happening. The Sunshine State had more than 10,000 pedestrian accidents and more than 760 people lost their lives in 2022.
Safety groups have been pushing the state to do something about the problem. Some solutions include the addition of bike lanes and sidewalks to areas that previously did not have them. This gives pedestrians and bicyclists a specified area that delineates where vehicles should and should not be.
Still, this will not change the fundamental problem of drivers who are flouting the law and behaving in an unsafe manner. That includes using a cellphone when driving, driving under the influence, speeding and being generally reckless. Even with these safety strategies, it is unfortunate that pedestrians will consistently be in jeopardy with many injured and killed in a collision.
People need to know their rights after a pedestrian crash
When there is a serious pedestrian accident, people will frequently be unsure of what to do. They are confronted with the seriousness of their injuries, the long-term consequences and wondering what the future will hold. For those who have lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident, these challenges are magnified.
There is an obvious temptation to take an offer made by an insurance company to have a specific amount of compensation to cover for what was lost. That is often a mistake. The offer may not be close to sufficient to pay the medical costs, lost wages and long-term expenses. In these cases, it is imperative to gather evidence, assess the circumstances and think about all the options before moving forward.