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Deadly Weekend for South Florida Pedestrians

The weekend of March 21, 2014 proved deadly for South Florida walkers after two adults and a child died and three other individuals were injured by car crashes. Our Miami personal injury lawyers know how these deaths have sadly become a part of South Florida’s lethal history for walkers:

• On a Friday night, in Coral Springs, two men were crossing North University Drive around 9 p.m. They were midway across when they were hit by a vehicle. Jose Gutierrez, a 22 year old young man, died instantly as a result of his injuries, while 20 year old Tyler Sanders-Nielson was airlifted to Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach with life-threatening injuries.

• Twenty-four hours later, four year old Abdallah Staih, his mother Natalie Munzer Alja’Ouni, and eight month old brother Ahmad Staih, were walking along the sidewalk on Pine Island Road in Sunrise. The two young boys were riding in a dual stroller. A driver, who was attempting to avoid collision with another vehicle, lost control and hit the family. The stroller was impacted heavily, and four year old Abdallah was killed. Abdallah’s mother and brother were sent to the hospital, were both are said to be in stable condition.

• On Sunday afternoon, 19 year old Jacqueline Elizabeth Postrel-Jambor was skateboarding in North Miami Beach along Northeast 23rd Avenue. A Ford sedan traveling on Northeast 137th Street fatally struck the young woman.

Pedestrian accidents have become all too common in South Florida. Miami-Dade and Broward counties lead the state with an average of 58 pedestrian fatalities a year. Palm Beach County was seventh for such incidences, with 25 deaths. Just this past weekend, two teens who were involved in a crash and the good Samaritan who got out of his car wre killed when a car driving at a high rate of speed struck and killed the. In a list released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following four Florida cities were found to have more pedestrian deaths than the national average: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville.

There are many reasons posed for the alarming number of pedestrian accidents. Among the most common causes of such accidents include:

1. Distracted driving–distracted driving is dangerous for all users of the roadway, but particularly so for the less visible and unprotected pedestrian. Many organizations that study road fatalities believe that distracted driving is largely to blame for the rise in pedestrian accidents. In fact, one recent study estimates that 20% of all such accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving can include driving while: texting, emailing, talking on the phone, web browsing, playing with the radio or music on your smartphone, eating, grooming, and the like. All drivers should refrain from driving distractedly, and pedestrians should remain alert for potential distracted drivers.

2. Distracted walking–distraction is not only dangerous for drivers; distracted walkers, or walkers who are not paying attention to the road in front of them because they are texting, talking on the phone, playing music, eating, etc., can contribute or even cause accidents with motor vehicles. Hospital data reveals that over 1,500 pedestrians were treated last year in ER rooms for cell phone related injuries, including walking into traffic while on the phone.

3. Failure to yield to pedestrians–hurried drivers often fail to yield to crossing pedestrians, either believing they have the right of way or simply failing to notice the crossing pedestrian. This is a dangerous problem, as pedestrians frequently do not have time to react to avoid the oncoming vehicle and can be seriously injured or killed. We have handled many cases where a vehicle was turning right on a red light and the driver did not look to their right to see pedestrians crossing in front of them before moving forward. In these situations, drivers tend to think that since there is no traffic from their right to worry about, that they can make the turn without taking a good look.

Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Helping Pedestrian Victims Recover

If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian-related accident, it is important to seek qualified legal representation as soon as possible. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, our team of personal injury attorneys has over 120 years of collective experience representing pedestrian accident victims across South Florida. Our zealous advocacy and unmatched knowledge of the law has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firm, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation.

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