Pedestrian accidents are a serious concern for victims and their families. During the recession, fewer drivers resulted in fewer pedestrian accidents. As the economy improved, an increase in pedestrian accidents resulted in more pedestrian fatalities. According to a new study, 4,884 pedestrians were killed during 2014, which is the most recent year for which data is available. The number of pedestrian fatalities represents a 19 percent increase from 2009 and the highest number since 2005.
Unfortunately, minorities, the poor and elderly or more greatly impacted by the occurrence of pedestrian accidents than other groups. Of the 10 most dangerous cities for pedestrians, 8 are in Florida and include Tampa. Part of the problem in Florida is that its post World War II boom resulted in city planning that prioritized cars over people. In addition, unlike in other cities in the country where walking may be viewed as a luxury, those walking in Florida cities are largely doing so out of necessity and may not have the same political capital to advocate for safer streets.
Pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and harm to victims and their families. The consequences of an auto-pedestrian accident may be faced by victims and families for a lifetime. Victims and their families may suffer physical, financial and emotional damages associated with a pedestrian accident that may leave them facing significant medical bills and other expenses following an accident. Fortunately, legal options, including a personal injury lawsuit, are available.
A personal injury claim for damages can help families both recover compensation for the damages they have suffered and receive assistance with the ongoing physical, financial and emotional consequences of a pedestrian accident. Victims and family members should be familiar with the legal protections available to help them when harmed.
Source: Bloomberg, “The Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians,” Patrick Clark, Jan. 9, 2017