How often do pedestrian accidents occur?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 445 people will be hospitalized for traffic-related pedestrian injuries in the next 24 hours. And every 2 hours, on average, one pedestrian life is lost due to vehicle injuries. Miscommunication between walkers and drivers causes accidents.
But how do we judge who has the right-of-way?
Florida traffic laws require vehicle drivers to yield to pedestrians who are legally crossing marked or unmarked crosswalks. In the same way, pedestrians must yield right-of-way to vehicle drivers on the roadway and obey traffic control signals to. Yielding gives both parties a chance to pause, make eye contact and clearly communicate their intentions to cross the intersection.
If you are injured in a pedestrian-vehicular accident because of a negligent driver forgetting to yield, you might want to file a claim.
Take these steps after an accident to protect your right to injury and recovery compensations:
1. Record as much as you can about the accident; make notes of people involved, collect physical items that may have been damaged, take photographs, locate witnesses of the accident.
2. Notify anyone who may be responsible for the accident and let them know of your intention to file an injury or accident claim.
3. Pursue compensation for your injuries and damages by talking with a Parvey & Frankel attorney as soon as you can to evaluate your claim and to begin the time-sensitive filing process.