A 47-year-old Florida man was seriously injured on Tuesday when he was hit by a car. The Florida Highway Patrol says that Fort Walton Beach resident James P. Dreyer was crossing the road when the accident happened. The FHP has ordered an investigation to determine whether charges need to be filed.
If someone you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, our South Florida injury lawyers can help determine whether you can recover compensation from the parties responsible. Although criminal charges may not be filed against a driver, you may still be able to hold him or her civilly liable for personal injury or wrongful death.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents happen far too often. NHTSA statistics report that nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year in traffic accidents. Although some of these deaths are a result of pedestrian negligence, many injuries and deaths occur because a driver was speeding, distracted, driving under the influence, or text messaging/talking on the phone.
Pedestrians have absolutely no protection from the impact of being struck by a bus, truck, car, motorcycle, or train, and the injuries are often catastrophic. Florida’s sunny weather and its beaches, many universities and schools, and different recreational parks make the state easily prone to pedestrian accidents because there are bicyclists, skateboarders, vacationers, and others walking to and from their respective destinations on the state's sidewalks and roads throughout the year.
Whether you are a Florida resident or a visiting tourist, Our South Florida personal injury law firm can evaluate your pedestrian injury case for you and help you determine your legal options. We have the resources to help you pursue your full recovery.
Injured FWB pedestrian identified, NWF DailyNews.com, June 24, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA.gov
Pedestrian Crash Facts, Walkinginfo.org