In South Florida, many people try to stay healthy and lead an active lifestyle. Walking, jogging, and bicycling are three common exercises people of all ages enjoy. However, our lawyers know that danger lurks around every corner. Hundreds of pedestrians are injured or killed each year in Florida. This number hopefully will not go up, but one cannot be sure given the number of distractions people have while driving these days. Our personal injury attorneys know how to protect your rights and help you fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
As experienced Miami personal injury lawyers, we see many cases just like the one that appeared in the Miami Herald on September 25, 2016. A driver left the scene of a fatal crash with a person who was jogging according to Florida Highway Patrol. Unfortunately, the man did not have identification on him and police sought the community’s help identifying him. The driver ultimately identified herself to law enforcement because she believed she hit something along the side of the road. The crash occurred around 6:30 in the morning on State Road 84 in West Broward. The initial investigation reveals that the right front portion of the car struck the jogger.
Accidents like this frequently happen in Florida. In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the United States. In 2014 in Florida, 588 pedestrians were killed. That figure was the second in the nation. Only California had more with 697. Some interesting trends developed in 2014 relating to pedestrian fatalities. Seventy percent of those killed were males. Almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities happen in urban areas. Among those pedestrians killed, the average age was 47, while the average age of those injured was 37 in 2014. Alcohol played a role in pedestrian fatalities as well. Thirty-four percent of the pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. Fourteen percent of all drivers involved in pedestrian fatalities had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater. Lastly, most of the fatal pedestrian crashes happened between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Bicycling is even more dangerous. In 2014, some 726 people were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in the United States. However, bicycling accidents injured approximately 50,000 people in the US. One-third of all biking accidents involved motor vehicles. Other causes include dogs running into the street, roadway or walkway damage, collision with other bicyclists and falling. The total cost for bicycling related accidents exceeds $4 billion each year. The average age of the bicyclist killed in 2014 was 45 years old. Only 12 percent of females were killed in bicycling accidents in 2014. Seventy-one percent of all bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas. Twenty percent of bicycling fatalities happened between 6 p.m. and nine p.m. As with most fatal crashes alcohol played a role. Nineteen percent of the bicyclists killed in 2014 had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater. Drunk drivers and bicyclists do not mix: Thirty-five percent of bicycle fatalities involved the motor vehicle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. In 2014, Florida had 139 fatal bicycle crashes, which ranked highest in the nation.
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If you or someone you loved was injured while walking, jogging, or biking in South Florida, call Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, the Top-Rated law firm as awarded by The Miami Herald, at 888-499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation. The seasoned personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano has a combined 130 years of experience. With an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, they know how to help you to maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.