If you live in an urban area then walking is more than likely your main form of transportation. Walking should be an activity only represented by its health consciousness. Yet, it is also known for its accidents and fatalities. Our North Miami Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates love our North Miami community. We believe that everyone in our area deserves to feel safe and protected. Yet, with every pedestrian accident resulting in injury or death, our streets feel less and less safe. The only way to remedy such situations is to ensure that those who cause accidents are held accountable for their actions. If we make pedestrian accidents a priority in our legal system then people will start to understand the severity of our situation.
The Miami area was rated the 5th most livable city out of the top 20 small to mid-size cities in the United States. The amenities used to evaluate this score were based on education, economy, demographics, infrastructure, housing, health care, amenities, transportation, and social and civic capital. As Miami is in the top 5 our city must be doing something right. However, we still have a long way to go in making our pedestrians feel safe while walking next to the roadway.
Florida alongside California, Texas, New York, and Arizona made up 43% of all pedestrian deaths during the first six months of 2017. Florida trails behind California as the most deadly place for pedestrians. Even though these statistics represent the whole state, the majority of Florida’s pedestrian fatalities came from Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County is the fifth worst single county in the nation for pedestrian fatalities and injuries.
Pedestrians are more likely to be hit during the night. If you are 65 years or older or 15 years old and younger, the likelihood of you surviving a fatal hit decreases. Speed is a factor in fatalities and injuries for pedestrians too. If a car is going more than 25 MPH the likelihood of a serious injury increases. There are many rules and regulations regarding pedestrians. For example, cars must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Yet, pedestrians must yield to vehicles when there isn’t a crosswalk. However, pedestrians are the most vulnerable roadway users. Even if they didn’t use a crosswalk it does not give cars permission to hit the pedestrian. Reasonable care should still be used for both driver and pedestrian.
Pedestrians have no armor like a vehicle. They don’t wear helmets like bicyclists or leather-like motorcyclists. If you or someone you love was hit by a car while walking then it is important that you find legal assistance. Too often do insurance companies try to place the blame on pedestrians. Don’t just be another statistic. Let our North Miami Pedestrian Accident Attorneys fight for you. Call 305-831-4333 or click here for a free consultation with our North Miami professional attorneys at Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates today.