Unfortunately, pedestrians are usually not the winners when cars end up hitting them. Instead, the incident leaves them hurt and scared if they are lucky; after all, many times, people die after vehicles run them down. Regrettably, those outcomes have been aplenty as of late in Florida. Here are some of the recent headlines around our area:
• News-Press: Female Pedestrian Killed Sunday Night Trying To Cross Alabama Road In Lehigh Acres
• Northwest Florida Daily News: Navarre Man Struck, Killed Crossing Beal Parkway In Front Of Walmart At Night
• Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Bradenton Pedestrian Killed In Cortez Road Crash, FHP Reports
• Click Orlando: Kissimmee Man Struck, Killed While Walking In Road, FHP Says
Florida residents have enough going on in their lives without adding pedestrian crashes to the mix. Still, as anyone can see from the articles listed above, they happen more often than one might believe. The next section will cover some stats to drive the point home further.
Florida Pedestrian Crash Statistics
All a person needs to do is to take a peek at the FLHSMV’s Traffic Crash Facts to determine how big of a problem pedestrian crashes are in the Sunshine State. Florida accounted for 9,356 pedestrian crashes in 2018. Those incidents caused 7,935 injuries and 720 deaths. Meanwhile, in 2017, the numbers were as follows: 9,420 accidents, 8,126 injuries, and 659 fatalities. Last but certainly not least, these are the 2016 stats: 9,102 crashes, 7,796 injuries, and 667 deaths.
Families Experience Financial Hardships Following Wrongful Deaths
It is not uncommon for family members to experience financial difficulties after loved ones lose their lives unexpectedly. For one, the loss of income can make it hard for surviving relatives to cover everyday expenses like mortgage notes, groceries, and utilities. In some cases, survivors are left holding the bag for healthcare services rendered while trying to save the individual’s life. When deceased parties do not have life or final expense insurance, funeral costs also fall to their loved ones, and those fees aren’t cheap, as an average funeral runs upward of $7,000 in the US.
Personal Injury Attorneys May Be Able To Help
When driver negligence causes a wrongful death, families might be entitled to fair compensation. No amount of money can ever make up for what they have lost. However, restitution can help them cover the expenses mentioned earlier and avoid financial woes. Negligence comes in different forms. Speeding, driving while under the influence of alcohol, and distracted driving are just some potentially negligent actions. Proving that the other party was actually at fault can be easier said than done, but thankfully, Floridians don’t have to face those situations alone.
Our personal injury attorneys utilize teamwork and experience to get clients the money that they deserve. Each case receives the personal attention warranted to make them successful. No two accidents are ever alike, so compensation varies from case to case, but our partners have recovered more than $500 million for accident victims. They have also resolved over 10,000 accident injury cases.
The initial case review is free, and our clients only pay when restitution is obtained. So please do not delay any longer. Give one of our legal offices a call and put a seasoned team on your side. We will fight tooth and nail to help your family through this trying time. Let us take care of the heavy legal lifting for you.