Southwest Florida is blessed with excellent weather throughout most of the year. This makes walking a great activity for the young and old alike.
Pedestrians use our sidewalks, neighborhood streets, and gated community roads to walk for exercise, walk their dogs, kids walking to school or the school bus stop, trip to the store, and crossing streets at crosswalks. There are more active pedestrians today than at any time in recent memory walking with a purpose.
Pedestrian Accident Injury Occurs Weekly in Southwest Florida
Alarmingly, because of increased vehicle traffic on our roads, there are an increasing number of serious and deadly pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian injury accidents in Southwest Florida on average occur several times every week.
For example, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports the large number of serious injured pedestrians on our local streets and roads (average year based on five-year totals):
- Lee County: 191 pedestrian injuries per year
- Charlotte County: 40 pedestrian injuries per year
- Collier County: 72 pedestrian injuries per year
- Sarasota County: 120 pedestrian injuries per year
Locally, older adults and younger children through teenagers are the most vulnerable to pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, there are instances where pedestrians do not use crosswalks when they exist.
Vehicle Accidents Involving Pedestrians Cause Serious Injuries
In many other instances, however, drivers of cars, trucks, and vans fail to yield to pedestrians. Under Florida law, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, and drivers must yield to pedestrians. This means, for example, that when a pedestrian is crossing the street in a crosswalk, vehicles making right turns or left turns must give the pedestrian the right of way. Sadly, many motorists fail to do so.
Pedestrian injuries at intersections are on the rise, and often times the driver of the motor vehicle failed to yield. Pedestrian injuries also frequently occur near shopping center entrance and exit driveways, in which the driver of the car, truck, or van simply pulls up too far without looking.
When pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles, the consequences are often critical. Injuries such as head injury, arm fractures, leg fractures, disfigurement, brain injury, and spine injury, are common. Sadly, pedestrian deaths are also a common aftermath of being struck by a car, truck, or van.
When a driver of a van, truck, or car negligently strikes a pedestrian, then a claim may be made against the driver and owner of the vehicle. Auto insurance policies of drivers who are at fault and injure pedestrians will often pay significant compensation when an experienced lawyer represents the injury victim.
Injury Lawyer Represents Pedestrian Accident Injury Victims
Personal injury lawyer David Harris of Fort Myers represents severely injured persons and their families after a vehicle pedestrian collision. Experienced, focused, and driven for results, David seeks full compensation for the injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost income on behalf of his injured clients.
Your primary focus should be on healing with the help of your doctors, nurses, and therapists. Your financial well-being can be the focus of your counsel. Give Harris Law a call for a free discussion of your circumstances.