According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 129,000 pedestrians attend emergency rooms across the United States each year following traffic crashes. When a fatal traffic collision occurs, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than vehicle passengers to be killed. A total of almost 5,400 pedestrians were killed on or near US roads in 2015. Sobering facts, to say the least. That is not the end of it, as the CDC report goes on to reveal that:
There is no denying that cross walk accidents pose a real risk to pedestrians in North Miami Beach and elsewhere in Florida but, should you or a loved one be injured or killed in such an accident, a cross walk accident attorney from Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA has the legal expertise needed to protect your rights and recover the compensation you deserve.
Did you know that the NHTSA have stated that 90% of pedestrians could survive being hit by a vehicle travelling at 20 miles per hour, reducing to 10% when that same vehicle doubles its speed to 40mph? When pedestrians are injured in cross walk accidents, speed is likely to have played a significant part in the accident – after all, the faster a motorist is driving, the less time they have to react to the sight of a pedestrian crossing the road.
Cross walks were designed and implemented to provide a safe location for pedestrians to cross busy roads, both in North Miami Beach and beyond. Once a pedestrian has stepped onto a cross walk, they are protected from oncoming traffic – but only where the motorists forming that traffic are driving in a careful, law-abiding manner. If a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted by a text message or otherwise not paying attention to their surroundings, or driving at speed, a cross walk will afford no protection to any pedestrians who find themselves in the line of these negligent, reckless drivers.
Regardless of speed, if you have been hit by a driver while crossing a cross walk, a North Miami Beach cross walk accident attorney can provide the legal representation you need. While you may need to deal with the physical recovery, you do not need to shoulder the burden of pursuing the compensation and monetary damages you deserve. Leave the legal battle to us, and concentrate on what is important – recovering from your ordeal and getting back to your everyday life.
When you instruct a North Miami Beach cross walk accident attorney to act on your behalf, we will do our utmost to prove the motorist in question was responsible, before holding them accountable for your injuries.
Cross walk rules are simple – you do not walk when there is traffic obstructing the cross walk but, when the light says you have right of way, you are free to cross. Unfortunately, negligent and reckless drivers mean the reality is not always this straightforward.
When you have sustained injuries on a cross walk through no fault of your own, you need an outstanding North Miami Beach cross walk accident attorney on your side. To schedule your free consultation, call us today on 954-523-8292 or complete our online contact form for a callback.