The numbers don’t lie. Since 1990, the number of pedestrian deaths in the United States has increased by 46%. This is coming on the heels of an all-time record low back in 2009. In fact:
- In 2015, 5,397 pedestrians died
- This number spiraled to 5,987 in 2016
- In 2017, it’s estimated that over 6,000 people lost their lives
These numbers are staggering, and this is before you factor in the roughly 129,000 pedestrians who are injured on an annual basis.
So what’s fueling the increase?
Most experts attribute the increase to distracted drivers and pedestrians, and mainly to cell phone use.
Blame Is Across the Board
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, the most hotly contested issue will be who was at fault. And this question can run the gambit, from the driver being the sole cause of the accident to you being 100% at fault. In a vast majority of cases, it’s a combination of both parties being partially negligent.
Drivers are often distracted by a number of things, including talking on the phone, texting, putting on makeup and eating. And pedestrians have their own attention issues, from cell phone use and reading while walking to jaywalking and assuming that since they have the right-of-way, motorists will stop.
Who Is Truly at Fault?
Florida is a “pure comparative fault” state, which means that financial recovery in your pedestrian accident case will be reduced by whatever amount you are found to have been negligent. So, for example, let’s say a jury found that the driver who hit you was 75% at fault and you were 25% at fault. If a settlement amount of $100,000 is awarded, you will collect $75,000. If you are both found equally responsible, and the settlement amount awarded is $100,000, you will receive $50,000.
The Financial Losses Are Often Staggering
After being hit by a moving vehicle, medical bills can start to add up very quickly. And this is before you factor in loss of income during recovery, as well as potential lost future wages.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Temporary injures
- Permanent injuries/disabilities
- Rehab expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Job retraining, if needed
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Contact an Attorney Who Is Knowledgeable in Pedestrian Accidents
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car or truck, the consequences can be life-changing. From endless medical bills to permanent disability, don’t try to seek financial recovery alone. Contact a Florida law firm that knows how to handle pedestrian accident cases, and will fight for the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained.
At Fetterman & Associates, we have the expertise and experience needed to help you win your pedestrian accident personal injury case. Call us today at 561-845-2510 to schedule a consultation and complimentary case evaluation.