Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Miami
Statistics show that the hazards to pedestrians are increasing throughout the United States. After bottoming out in 2009, pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise practically every year since then. In 2019, the number of pedestrian deaths on roads topped 6,500. This number represented the highest death count in over 30 years.
Why More People Are Injured or Killed in Pedestrian Accidents Recently
Several factors seem to indicate that this disturbing trend is here to stay:
- The rise in SUVs means that more drivers are traveling in heavier vehicles, causing more serious injury to passengers.
- More motorists are driving distracted since they use their mobile devices behind the wheel. As a result, they miss seeing pedestrians in the crosswalks.
- More people are moving into the urban core of their city and abandoning cars, meaning that there are more people walking.
- There are more cars and trucks on the road than at any previous point in time.
Even having a crosswalk clearly marked is often not enough to protect pedestrians from an accident. Many motorists simply drive right through the crosswalk regardless of whether a pedestrian is trying to cross the street. Florida will hit drivers with a minimum fine of $164 and up to three points on their license for failure to stop at a crosswalk. However, even these penalties do not get all drivers to stop when legally required.
As dangerous as the United States is for pedestrians, Florida is even worse. The state has a death rate almost twice as high as the national average. Nationally, 1.55 pedestrians out of every 100,000 are killed each year. Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country, with 2.73 out of every 100,00.
Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident Can Be Serious or Fatal
Because of the sheer size of the car that collides with a defenseless person, pedestrian injuries will likely be significant. Even if a person survives a pedestrian accident, they are likely facing serious bodily harm in the short and long term. Almost half of pedestrians involved in an accident will suffer an injury to their face, head, or neck. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other neurological injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Fractured bones
- Dislocated shoulders
No matter where you received medical treatment, you will need to have your injuries diagnosed and cared for before filing a claim or lawsuit. Even if you did not suffer critical injuries, very few pedestrians ever emerge from an accident unscathed.
If you have not yet sought medical treatment, you should do so in the immediate days after an accident. Otherwise, it would be difficult to recover money for your claim because you could not show that you were injured. Proving your injuries requires something in writing. Therefore, a full medical exam after an accident is a must. You would need a complete diagnostic check, even if you received treatment at the scene.
388CEDA’s Diagnostic and Treatment Services
As an injured pedestrian, you would need to show that you were both injured and that another driver was at fault for your injuries. At 388CEDA, we can help you with both parts of that process. Our board-certified doctors can examine and diagnose you. Resources include:
- Imaging services, including MRIs and computerized tomography
- Orthopedic care from board-certified orthopedic physicians
- Interventional medicine
- Chiropractic care
- Interventional pain specialists
Then, we can recommend an aggressive attorney to you upon request. We work with a network of lawyers who help injured pedestrians recover the money that they legally deserve after an accident. Your attorney would help you file a claim with the insurance company and give your side of the story when liability is decided. If necessary, they can sue the driver in court if a reasonable settlement cannot be agreed upon.
Contact 388CEDA and We Can Recommend Attorneys Upon Request
When you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, there are numerous things to worry about, including mounting bills and your physical health. 388CEDA could help make your life easier as you seek to recover both physically and financially. Call us today at 1.800.388.CEDA as soon as possible, so our experienced team can get to work on your behalf. The less that you have to worry about after an accident, the more you can focus on getting better. One thing that you should not have to worry about is whether your legal rights are protected.
*388CEDA is not a law firm or an attorney referral service. 388CEDA does not provide legal advice, services, or legal representation to anyone including but not limited to visitors to this site or individuals/persons responding to our advertisements. In Florida, 388CEDA provides the following types of physician services: M.D., Orthopedic Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, & D.C., Chiropractic Physicians that document and treat individuals that have suffered injuries. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call one of our agents at 388CEDA. We work with aggressive attorneys.