The CW 34 WTVX West Palm News reported recently on a hit-and-run accident in Vero Beach in which police are still looking for the vehicle that fled the scene. The crash occurred around 11:45 a.m. in Vero Beach at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Place. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the… Read More
Florida has such pleasant weather and has so many tourists walking around town. Sometimes it can get quite crowded! However, all that walking means an increased risk of pedestrian accidents. We have collected stories of pedestrian accidents here on this page. All of these stories have a link back to the original source.
The big question in any pedestrian accident is who was at fault. Pedestrians have the right of way, but their chances for compensation are lowered if they were not following the rules of the road.
For instance, if a pedestrian suddenly darts into traffic and they’re not at a crosswalk, an accident will likely be their fault and they will be responsible for their injuries. The same goes for crossing against the light, crossing an illegal street, or loitering in the roadway.
However, if a pedestrian was following safety rules and gets hit, then it’s very likely the driver will be to blame. Considering pedestrian accidents are often very injurious, or fatal, the chances of a high payout are good.
The best way to stay safe as a pedestrian is to always follow the road rules and signals. Even if a group of impatient tourists wants to cross against the light, you don’t have to follow them. You’ll protect yourself and other motorists. Besides, the days are lovely here. Why not stay out in them a little longer?
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, seek medical treatment then call Chalik Law for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to hear your story and assess your chances for compensation.
In Florida, a driver commits the offense of DUI manslaughter when they are in actual, physical control of a vehicle, is intoxicated under Florida law, and causes the death of another person. Actual physical control refers to the driver being inside the vehicle, or in the case of a motorcycle, have the capability to operate… Read More
Florida is a state with the highest number of pedestrian accidents in the United States. There are many causes behind this alarming statistic. One of the leading causes is the climate of Florida, which allows for year-round outdoor activities, which leads to more pedestrian traffic on roadways. High population and tourism account for other factors… Read More
Electric scooters, also called e-scooters have become popular on college campuses and in cities around the United States. For a small initial fee and then a per-minute or per-hour charge, people can rent e-scooters from companies like Bird, Lime, and even Uber and Lyft. Unfortunately, the rise in the popularity of these vehicles has also… Read More
Florida is a state that requires all drivers to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage. When a driver has PIP coverage, it will cover them even when they are a pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle. Most of the time, a claim must be made through the PIP first before a personal… Read More
Florida has laws regarding what drivers must due when an accident occurs. One of the primary laws is that even if the accident involves only minor property damage, the driver must stop. The driver must also notify the closest police department and provide their license and insurance information to the other persons involved as well… Read More
In a report they call the Pedestrian Danger Index, a group called Smart Growth America took a look at the number of people struck and killed by drivers while they were walking to the number of people living in a given area. The report discovered that Florida has more pedestrian deaths in comparison with the… Read More
Earlier this year, it was revealed that nine of the twenty deadliest cities for pedestrians in the United States are in Florida. Orlando, a highly popular tourist destination, was ranked as least safe. After Orlando in terms of pedestrian safety came Daytona Beach, a popular spring break destination. Between 2008 and 2017, there were 5,433… Read More
In a report released earlier this year, Florida was declared one of the deadliest states in the nation for pedestrians. Of the 20 deadliest cities in the United States for pedestrians, nine are located in Florida. Orlando was ranked the least safe. Between 2008 and 2017, Florida saw 5,433 pedestrian fatalities in traffic accidents. This… Read More
Floridians have the highest risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. A report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Street Coalition ranked the 20 deadliest U.S. cities for pedestrians. Nine of these cities were in Florida. Orlando was ranked the least safe and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West-Palm-Beach area came in at number 14…. Read More
Contrary to popular belief, “jaywalking” is not a legal term. There are no statutes against jaywalking in Florida. Many actions can be referred to as jaywalking; some of them being illegal. Crossing the street against a red light is illegal and may result in a ticket. However, crossing mid-block or outside a crosswalk is not… Read More
Driving on the Florida beaches in designated areas is a fun past time that dates back to the first automobiles. Vehicles can only be driven in certain areas during certain times of the day and only when the tide conditions permit. Some beaches, especially those known for nesting sea turtles, may prohibit driving during their… Read More