Bradenton Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Pedestrians have the right of way. It is one of the first things motorists are taught in driver’s education classes, but unfortunately it seems like it is also one of the very first things some reckless motorists and cyclists forget when they take to the road. This recklessness can lead to serious injury or even death for some of Florida’s most vulnerable travelers. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, seek legal counsel from the Bradenton pedestrian accident attorneys at Romero Law Firm. You may be entitled to financial compensation for both your injuries and your pain and suffering.
Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Serving Bradenton & Tampa
The Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida created the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan for the Florida Department of Transportation. This plan examined accidents involving vulnerable roadway users like pedestrians and cyclists and made recommendations as to how the roads could be safer. Some of the report’s findings are horrifying. It says that in 2011 pedestrian fatalities accounted for almost 21 percent of the traffic fatalities in Florida. Pedestrian crashes are more likely than any other type of traffic accident to result in fatalities or serious injuries. In 2010 Florida saw 499 fatalities, 2072 nonfatal hospitalizations, and 7,650 nonfatal emergency room visits due to pedestrian crashes. Trust the experienced Bradenton pedestrian accident attorneys when it comes to pedestrian accidents.
Older Adults and Children are at Risk
Florida enjoys a reputation as both a wonderful place to retire and a beautiful place to vacation with one’s family. Unfortunately, older adults and children are at the greatest risk when it comes to pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2012 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States and 76,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages out to a pedestrian being killed every two hours and being injured every seven minutes. Pedestrians in general are 1.5 times as likely as motor or truck vehicle occupants to be killed in a crash on each trip. Adults aged 65 and older account for one out of every five pedestrians killed and almost one out of every 10 pedestrians injured. A CDC study shows that between 2001 and 2006 an average of 52,482 older adults were treated in emergency rooms each year for non-fatal pedestrian traffic injuries. The worst part is that 92.5 percent of those injuries were caused by an older adult either falling or being struck by a motor vehicle. Similarly, in 2012, one out of every five pedestrians killed in traffic accidents were children between the ages of five and 15.
You Can Hold Negligent Drivers Responsible; Contact an Experienced Bradenton Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Drivers have a duty to follow the rules of the road and drive safely when on the road. When they fail to uphold that duty and in doing so they cause you to be injured, you may be able to hold them responsible in a court of law in order to recover financial compensation. When selecting representation, the Bradenton pedestrian accident attorneys are the trusted choice. While this can include covering your medical bills, it can also include other costs to you like lost wages or earning potential, the costs of rehabilitative care, and financial compensation for less tangible damages like pain and suffering. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident in Florida, call the Bradenton pedestrian accident attorneys at Romero Law Firm at 877-ROMERO-1.