PEDESTRIAN AND CROSSWALK ACCIDENTS
In Miami, the personal injury staff at the Perazzo Law Firm understand that pedestrians are great danger every time they cross an avenue or street, even at crosswalks.
A pedestrian accident is a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. These types of accidents are more common than you might think. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2018 alone.
There are a number of risk factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents, including poor visibility, distracted driving, and speeding. Crosswalks, traffic intersections, and crossing in between parked cars are also common accident sites. Pedestrian accidents can cause serious personal injuries or even wrongful death. If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to seek experienced legal help from an experienced personal injury lawyer in Miami as soon as possible.
As a personal injury lawyer in Miami who handles pedestrian accident cases, Jonathan Perazzo has seen far too many pedestrians suffer injuries or get killed while crossing the street. And while there are many factors that contribute to these accidents, there are some that are more common than others.
In this blog post, I’ll be discussing the most common causes of pedestrian accidents and what you can do to avoid them. I’ll also be sharing some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries and what you can do if you or a loved one is ever involved in such an accident.
Pedestrian accidents are a serious problem in the United States. In 2016, 5,997 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents, and another 818,000 were injured.1 This averages to one pedestrian killed every 1.6 hours and one injured every seven minutes.2
There are many factors that contribute to these accidents, such as driver distraction, intoxication, poor visibility, and poor pedestrian infrastructure.3,4,5 In order to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents, it is important to address these underlying causes.
Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in pedestrian accidents. While many of these accidents are caused by driver negligence, there are also a number of pedestrian safety hazards that can contribute to these accidents.
To help keep pedestrians safe, it is important to be aware of these hazards and to take steps to avoid them. Here are some of the most common pedestrian safety hazards to be aware of:
– Poorly lit areas: Pedestrians should always be visible to drivers, and vice versa. Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents occur in poorly lit areas. To avoid these accidents, pedestrians should try to walk in well-lit areas and wear reflective clothing when walking at night.
– Distracted walking: Just as it is important for drivers to be alert and focused on the road, pedestrians need to be alert and focused when walking, especially at night or when attempting to cross in between parked cars.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS AT INTERSECTIONS
Intersections are one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 50% of all pedestrian accidents occur at intersections.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the high number of accidents at intersections. First, intersections are often congested with traffic, which can make it difficult for pedestrians to cross the street. Second, many intersections are not well-lit, which can make it hard for drivers to see pedestrians. Finally, some intersections have crosswalks that are not clearly marked, which can confuse drivers and pedestrians alike.
There are a few things that you can do to stay safe when crossing the street at an intersection. First, make sure to look both ways before crossing. Second, if the intersection is not well-lit, try to cross at a time when there is more visibility that helps you be seen by a distracted motorist.
If you, a friend, or relative suffered personal injury in a pedestrian accident, CONTACT the Personal Injury Lawyer Jonathan Perazzo ONLINE of by calling (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation and ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET FEES to our personal injury clients.