Pedestrian Alert - April 5th is National Walking DayShare April 3, 2023 | Category: DUI, Pedestrian
National Walking Day is commemorated every year on the first Wednesday of April. It is sponsored by the American Heart Association to encourage Americans to “get their hearts pumping.” According to a recent poll of 2,002 adults, 54 percent said walking was their preferred mode of transportation whenever possible.
On National Walking Day, with its organized walking events, it is estimated that more pedestrians will be on our sidewalks and crossing our streets than on other days. With this increase, comes the possibility of more pedestrian accidents.
Accidents involving motorists and pedestrians are a serious problem in the United States. In 2020, an estimated 104,000 pedestrians received non-fatal crash-related injuries, for which they sought emergency department assistance. 7,000 pedestrians were tragically killed in U.S. accidents.
Speeding, impaired driving, and distractions are linked to thousands of pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents each year.
There are also environmental factors that may fail to adequately ensure the separation of pedestrians and motor vehicles. Crosswalks may be non-existent or unsafe. Crossing devices may not be working correctly, or poorly timed, encouraging pedestrians to cross when it is unsafe to do so. Roads may also be overly narrow. There may not be any sidewalks at all.
Importance of Seeking Medical Attention
It is important to act quickly in seeking medical attention after an accident. Proper and prompt attention could greatly reduce the severity of injuries and prevent them from worsening. Also, Florida has a 14-day rule for personal injury protection. Florida’s 14-day rule is covered in Statute 627. 736. It states that personal injury accident victims have 14 days to seek medical attention if they want to claim personal injury protection benefits. For more information, please go to Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.’s blog - Florida 14-Day Rule.
Liability in Pedestrian-Vehicle Accidents
In determining liability for pedestrian accidents, driver error, including speeding, impaired driving, distractions, vehicle malfunction, poor road design, crosswalk problems, crossing device malfunctions, and more, all play a role in determining liability. There may be more than one entity that could be liable for a pedestrian’s injuries, and/or tragic death.
Importance of Seeking Legal Advice from Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Insurance companies are businesses whose main purpose is to be profitable. Their first allegiance is toward their stockholders, not their policyholders. Therefore, it is important to contact Fort Myers Pedestrian Accident Attorney Randall Spivey. Clients come first. He and his pedestrian accident legal team provide personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. There are no costs or attorney fees until a monetary recovery is made for the firm’s clients, and the firm is available 24/7 at 239.337.7483, toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or contact us online at SpiveyLaw.com.
Fort Myers Pedestrian Accident Attorney Randall Spivey is a Board-Certified Trial Attorney. This is the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar. Only 1 percent of Florida attorneys have achieved this status.
Attorney Spivey has over 28 years of experience working with his clients and has obtained over $219,000,000 in Settlements and Verdicts for the firm’s clients. Every case is unique, and the results can vary.
Here is what one of the firm’s clients had to say about Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
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