Though there have been advances in safety in recent years, pedestrians remain uniquely vulnerable on roadways and in our communities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, greater than 75,000 victims are injured each year in auto-pedestrian accidents, and there are 5,000 fatal pedestrian accident victims each year. Pedestrians are injured, on average, every 7 minutes in pedestrian accidents.
If you or a family member has been injured or otherwise harmed by a drunk driver, you may wonder what legal protections are available to you. A variety of resources are available to any victim of a car accident negligently caused by another driver, including a drunk driver. Legal options can help victims of drunk driving accidents recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages oftentimes suffered in a drunk driving accident.
Although you may think that you will never be in a car accident because you drive responsibly and obey the rules of the road, you have no control over the behavior of other drivers. Whenever you are in a vehicle - either as a driver or as a passenger - you are at risk of being involved in a crash caused by another driver who is intoxicated, distracted, speeding or inexperienced.
There are many costs associated with car accidents, including the highest cost, which is human life; however, the loss of productivity and the costs associated with medical treatment are significant for surviving victims as well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that during 2010, car accidents resulted in $1 trillion in loss of productivity and loss of life which, of course, has an impact on communities and society as a whole. In 2013, there were over 5.5 million car accidents reported to police, and that same year, over 1.5 million resulted in injuries to victims.
Due to the nature of motorcycle accidents, they can be devastating for victims. Making matters worse, motorcycle accidents can commonly be the fault of the other driver or passenger vehicle driver, such as in left-hand turn situations. When a vehicle is turning left, because they do not have the right of way, they may in many cases be liable for causing any accident that results. Unfortunately, this circumstance is common related to motorcycles because many passenger vehicle drivers fail to exercise due care to observe motorcycles, failing to see them and then turning in front of them.
An 8-year old girl was recently struck in Tampa while walking to school. According to police, the little girl was struck in the face by a side-view mirror as she stepped of the curb while walking to school. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Following the accident, police noted that it did not seem they would cite the driver and traffic was stopped in both directions while authorities investigated the pedestrian accident.