THE PERSONAL INJURY STAFF AT THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SHARES INFORMATION FOR STAYING SAFE WHEN WALKING AND WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT YOU, A FRIEND, OR LOVED ON SUFFERS A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT IN MIAMI.
- Victim of a pedestrian accident in Miami?
- Hit by a car while crossing the street?
- Run into by a motorcycle rider?
- Injured while waiting to cross at an intersection?
- Run into by a bike rider?
- Suffered a slip and fall accident?
The above pedestrian accident situations are just a few of the common accidents suffered by pedestrians. In Little Havana, Little Haiti, Doral, Pompano, Hollywood, and many other cities in the Miami-Dade and Broward areas. Residents that suffer pedestrian accidents, which continue to rise according to recent studies, take to walking as a more economically modest and practical form of commuting. However, with walking comes the chances of falling victim to negligent motorists, many of whom use their cellphones while behind the wheel, with texting and driving as the leading cause of cell phone related accidents involving pedestrians. Sadly, pedestrians in cities such as Little Havana, Little Haiti, Doral, Kendall, and Miami Gardens are struck and killed almost everyday as a result of negligence on both parts. Causeways like the MacAuthor and roadways like Bird Road are just a few of the recent locations where pedestrians have lost their lives due to a pedestrian accident involving a moving vehicle. Though it isn’t always the driver of a motor vehicle’s fault, negligent cell phone use and intoxication behind the wheel play a major part in most pedestrian accidents in Miami. Unfortunately, pedestrians are also sometimes to blame for accidents in which they end-up injured or suffer fatal injuries. Negligent cellphone use while walking across streets, avenues, and roadways may cause distraction when stepping into the flow of traffic. Pedestrians taking to streets at night, especially those wearing dark colored clothing or crossing in poorly lit areas, run higher risks of being hit by a moving vehicle. Sadly, pedestrians very often fall victim to hit & run accidents with nobody to be held liable for injuries, damages or losses. When a hit and run accidents occurs in cities such as Little Havana, Little Haiti, Doral or other densely populated areas, eye witness testimony is fundamental for finding the guilty party. After a pedestrian hit and run accident, it is always useful to check for nearby surveillance cameras pertaining to local businesses or the authorities as these might be useful in tracking the negligent motorist and bringing him/her to justice.
STAYING SAFE AND WHAT TO DO AFTER A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
How to avoid a pedestrian accident in Little Havana, Little Haiti or any other city in Miami-Dade:
- Refrain from using your cellphone while crossing avenues, streets, or roadways where vehicles move at higher speeds
- Stay alert when crossing at crosswalks or busy intersections
- Avoid crossing in the middle of the street; always try to cross at the corner and use crosswalks
- Take extra care when crossing in poorly lit areas
- Wear bright colored clothing or reflective material if planning to walk around at night or in poorly lit streets.
What to do after a pedestrian accident in Little Havana, Little Haiti, Doral or other Miami-Dade cities:
- Stay calm
- Do not move unless there is a chance of further injury
- Get out of the street and move over to the curb if physically possible
- Wait for paramedics and/or the authorities to arrive
- Ask any bystanders or witnesses for help by documenting the pedestrian accident scene with the cellphone
- Seek medical attention even if there are no evident injuries
- Keep all police or medical reports
- Contact a personal injury lawyer to help file a pedestrian accident claim for compensation
What will a Perazzo Law Firm personal injury attorney do for a pedestrian accident client?
Jonathan Perazzo, founder of the Perazzo Law Firm, is fully dedicated to the pedestrian accident victim’s best interests and strives for their full satisfaction when handling an insurance claim for compensation. Together with his highly trained and professional personal injury staff, he will set up an appointment to discuss the details of the pedestrian accident and gather as much evidence as possible to support an insurance claim to cover injuries and losses. Following a pedestrian accident, depending on the severity, medical treatment may include surgery, physical therapy and even funeral expenses in the event of wrongful death. The kind of insurance coverage that the negligent motorist or guilty party carries is also vital for the extent of compensation available to the pedestrian accident victim. In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm understands how a pedestrian accident can greatly affect the life of the pedestrian accident victim and his/her family members in the event of severe or life altering injuries. Thus, we strive for the best possible outcome by applying all possible resources to achieve results that satisfy our pedestrian accident clients.
If you, a friend, or relative has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Little Havana, Little Haiti, Doral, Kendall, or any other Miami-Dade city or suburb, the personal injury lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm urge you to contact them ONLINE for a FREE initial consultation with ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET FEES to our personal injury clients in Miami-Dade and Broward.
THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SERVES PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT VICTIMS AND COMPENSATION CLAIMS IN MIAMI
Today’s streets are no duck walk for Florida residents in cities such as Miami and Orlando; just two of the nine most dangerous places for pedestrians in the U.S., this according to the “Dangerous by Design’ report published by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. According to the report, Florida pedestrians run a high risk of suffering severe personal injuries and even wrongful death by being run-over in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, which ranks 14th among the most dangerous places in America for walking. According to figures, there was a 35.7% increase in the number of pedestrian-related deaths in the ten-year period from 2008 to 2017, with over 49,000 reported fatalities across the U.S.A. With regards to Florida, close to 5.500 pedestrians died during that same time period. Ironically, traffic accidents declined by just over 6% over the same ten years and can lead people to believe that driving is becoming safer than walking in Florida. Orlando ranks at the top in terms of Florida cities where pedestrian fatalities were reported, with 656 reported deaths from 2008-2017. Daytona Beach ranked 2nd, with Melbourne-Titusville and Sarasota-Bradenton ranking 3rd and 4th respectively. The report aims to shed light on a truly terrifying trend for Florida pedestrians as the reasons for the increase in death rates can be attributed to social factors that combine with flaws in city infrastructure designs, which favored vehicles and not pedestrians. In other words, streets were originally designed for cars and not people, with the elderly ranking at the top when it comes to those killed in pedestrian accidents in Florida. It’s worth pointing out that most pedestrian accidents occur at intersections, at night, or within the minority communities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the rise in SUV and light truck use has led to more pedestrian deaths simply because being struck by these vehicles is more likely to cause fatal injuries. In order to revert this growing trend, experts believe that redesigning outdated urban streets is necessary to make cars and trucks less hazardous to Florida pedestrians. Experts believe pedestrian deaths can be averted by implementing intelligent solutions at urban crosswalks and intersections. Till then, pedestrians will have to keep their eyes peeled to the ever-growing traffic zipping through Florida’s urban areas like there’s no tomorrow.
THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SHARES INSIGHT INTO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS ON SUBURBAN STREETS
Mayhem among motorists in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties can result in accidents regardless of how much caution pedestrians apply when crossing or walking down the street. The personal injury attorneys at the Perazzo Law Firm believe that many Miami pedestrians accidents are caused by bad motorists and negligent cell phone use while behind the wheel. Furthermore, drivers regularly take to the streets while under the influence, drive at high speeds, and disobey basic traffic laws in Miami. When these factors combine with outdated urban planning; an ever growing number of vehicles of all types, and drivers of all ages, the results can be devastating to pedestrians by making accidents inevitable. It’s no secret that many Miami motorists drive in haste through city streets and avenues, with little regard for the safety of pedestrians. The Perazzo Law Firm advises pedestrians in cities such as Miami, Coral Gables or Biscayne Bay to exercise caution when crossing at intersections, approaching driveways, and to avoid jaywalking. Furthermore, Miami pedestrians should be extra careful when walking in poorly lit areas, especially if wearing dark clothes after dusk.
The Perazzo Law Firm Serves Victims of Traffic Related Accidents on Suburban Streets
Rush hour mayhem is menacing suburban residents in Miami as speeding and reckless driving are raising concern in some of the most chill parts of Miami-Dade and South Florida. Coral Gables, for example, saw a pick-up truck lose control and barrel head-on into someone’s living room, leaving skid marks on the front porch. With driver’s on edge behind the wheel, seeking shortcuts while glancing down at their cell phones in a frantic attempt to reach their destinations quicker, joggers, bikers, pedestrians, and even homeowners need to be on high alert. Many residents of tranquil Miami-Dade and South Florida neighborhoods have been speaking out about the rage with which motorists are speeding through their quiet streets. One such neighborhood is Coral Gables, with has become a popular shortcut for those trying avoid Bird Avenue, Granada Boulevard and Riviera Drive. Apart from speeding, rush-hour motorists are blowing stop signs, dodging dog walkers, and acting as if cars were phone booths on wheels, with total disregard for the safety of pedestrians, joggers, and dog walkers. Coral Gables is not alone when it comes to rampant drivers cutting through the quiet streets. One of the main reasons for the sudden increase in the motorist mayhem is Waze, which helps anxious drivers find alternate routes with which to avoid traffic jams. Sadly, Waze is pointing these mad motorists into the easy-going arteries of South Florida suburbia. The result has been nothing but appalling to local residents, many of whom have suffered personal injury and property damage as a result of reckless and negligent motorists. In the meantime, city planners and engineers are scrambling for ways to calm frantic motorists down and lower the speeds at which they are operating their vehicles through suburban streets. Measures such as Traffic Calming, need to be taken in order to slow the steady rise in motor vehicle accidents in places such as Coral Gables, Palmetto, Coconut Grove, and many more suburban areas throughout Miami-Dade and South Florida. Speed bumps, speed cushions, raised intersections, as well as trees strategically placed along roadways are some of the options for preventing ravaged motorists from reaching havoc on pedestrians, joggers, cyclists, etc., that want to feel safe as they stroll, jog, or bike down their local suburban streets. A senior project manager at an engineering firm hard at work trying to ways of slowing motorists down in many major cities around the world, has found that roundabouts and speed tables are effective ways of forcing drivers to slow down. Lowering speed limits and adding street signs are also possible deterrents, however, motorists don’t always obey speed limits and street signs are hard for motorists to spot when they are distracted by cell phone use while behind the wheel. Sadly, building speed bumps and other measures are costly. Thus, building one speed bump on every street can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of taxpayers money. Ironically, local suburban residents that once cursed the presence of potholes on their streets, are now considering them a blessing; simply because they slow down speedy drivers. South Miami has taken measures to slow down traffic by building speed bumps and posting ‘No-Right-Turn-at-Rush-Hour’ signs at strategic locations. Furthermore, the city is planning to narrow-down wide streets and it is in the process of painting “Sharrows’ which are markers painted on sidewalks so that pedestrians and bike riders can share common spaces. Residents main concern is for the children that play on the streets, the mothers pushing strollers, and those that once felt safe in suburbia, now at risk of being run over by the maddened flow of rush hour traffic relying on Waze to show them the fastest way home.
FOR PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENTS AND INSURANCE CLAIMS, IN MIAMI, JONATHAN PERAZZO AND HIS PERSONAL INJURY STAFF, STRIVE TO DELIVER THE BEST POSSIBLE LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO THEIR CLIENTS IN MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD COUNTY.
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