A pedestrian was killed early this morning by an SUV while crossing the intersection of Melaleuca Lane and Wiggins Road in Lake Worth. The elderly victim, Fatemeh Kazemishahmirzadi, was crossing in front of a vehicle in the lane closest to the median when the vehicle in the next lane hit her, maybe because the driver did not see her.
Florida Law states that motor vehicles must always yield to pedestrians, specially when these are crossing at an intersection and regardless of whether the crossing is marked or not. However, this fact alone (i.e., a driver failing to yield to the pedestrian) does not determine who was at fault in this kind of accidents. Therefore, an investigation is opened to find other facts, like whether the driver could have seen the pedestrian and/or whether the light was green.
Statistics by the Florida Department of Higway Safety and Motor Vehicles (see Florida Traffic Crash Statistics) seem to show that pedestrians between the ages of 75 and 84 are a particularly vulnerable group which accounts for 22.22 percent of all pedestrian fatalities that occurring when a pedestrian was crossing at an intersection in this State.
Deadly State for Pedestrian Accidents
USA Today shows federal statistics according to which 11.1% of all pedestrians accidentally killed in the U.S. during 2008 (last year for which there are relevant federal statistics) died in Florida, which makes this the most deadly state for pedestrians.
Among the causes for such a high number of fatalities are Florida’s massive population growth, which has multiplied by seven from 1950 to the present (2.8 million to 18.5 million); the great number of tourists that visit the State every year (more than 80.3 million tourists visited Florida in 2009), and Florida’s balmy weather, which allows for more outdoors activities all year long.
If you or a loved one have been injured as pedestrians, we urge to contact an experienced law firm. The Miami Dade County Pedestrian and Car Accidents Attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have handled many cases involving traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Amongst others, we now represent Hialeah woman struck by a vehicle while on the crosswalk in Orlando. As a result of her accident, our client suffered multiple fractures and bruises. Visit our website to learn more about the firm and call us today for a free consultation.