Miami and Florida Are Dangerous Places for Pedestrians

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
Founder of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.

Miami and Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorney J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo

One of the great joys of living in or visiting Florida is the beautiful weather, which allows us to go for a walk or a jog all year-round. Unfortunately, being a pedestrian also means being completely exposed to and unprotected from motor vehicle accidents. All it takes is for a driver to be distracted for a split second and an accident or fatality can occur. And with more than 20 million registered vehicles in Florida – in addition to the constant influx of commercial and tourist vehicles – pedestrian accidents happen all too frequently.

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in which another driver was fully or partially at fault, or if a loved one lost their life, it is crucial to hire an attorney who will zealously protect your rights and help you pursue the monetary compensation you deserve. Miami Pedestrian Accident Attorney J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo provides experienced and compassionate representation to pedestrian accident victims and their families.

Florida and US Pedestrian Accident Information and Statistics

What is a pedestrian? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, a pedestrian is defined as:

  • Any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash. (1)

The most compelling statistics, according to the "Pedestrian Danger Index":

  • In 2016, Florida led the nation as the most dangerous state for pedestrians.
  • The top seven most dangerous pedestrian Metro areas in the country are in Florida.
  • The Miami-Ft. Lauderdale Metro area was the 11th most dangerous pedestrian area in the country. (2)

Sadly, thousands of pedestrian injuries and deaths occur every year in Florida and throughout the country. The statistics are eye-opening:

  • 8,856 – Number of Florida Pedestrian Crashes, 2016,
  • 600 -   Number of Florida Pedestrian Fatalities, 2016 (3)
  • 5376 – Number of U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities, 2015,
  • 70,000 – Number of U.S. Pedestrian Injuries, 2015 (4)

Causes of Pedestrian Crashes, Injuries and Deaths

Pedestrian injuries and deaths have reached record highs. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that so many drivers are distracted by their electronic devices. One of the most astonishing facts is that approximately 660,000 drivers in the country are using cell phones or texting at any given time during the day. (5) Texting and driving is obviously incredibly dangerous – and illegal. (6)

Other causes of pedestrian accidents include speeding, failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, eating or drinking while driving, drowsy driving, falling asleep at the wheel, racing, failing to slow down or stop at crosswalks, speeding through school zones, faulty brakes and tires, and failing to obey traffic laws.

It is the responsibility of every driver to follow the appropriate driving laws. As well, pedestrians must obey traffic laws. Pedestrians must cross at crosswalks, obey stop signs and red lights and pay attention to the cars on the road. Nevertheless, a motorist should always drive attentively and pay particular attention to pedestrians. Drivers are duty-bound to drive safely and follow traffic laws.

Pedestrian Accident Cases and Compensation

If a pedestrian is struck by a driver and injured, they may potentially pursue compensation in a personal injury cause of action. When a case is brought to Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo, he will listen to you carefully and compassionately. What happened? What were the circumstances of the accident? He will want to know all the available details. He will carefully review police reports, insurance reports, witness statements, photos and videos, if any, and all other information. He will investigate all the available details. Medical reports, hospital records and doctors records will all be carefully scrutinized. Appropriate cases are reviewed by medical experts, accident investigators and other experts, as needed.

Presuming the case is actionable, Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo will pursue compensation for you. Your damages will be assessed. How serious are the injuries? How long will the medical conditions last? Are they permanent or will you recover in a relatively short amount of time? How long will the accident victim miss work? How much in earnings did they lose? Did it interrupt their career? Did it cause them to lose their job?

Damages for Pedestrian Accident Victims and Families of Deceased Victims

There are basically two types of damages: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages include those that are able to be quantified. They include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, lost earning capacity and more. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of consortium, loss of companionship and more. Punitive damages may be pursued in extreme cases of misconduct to punish the wrongdoer.

In cases where the pedestrian lost his or her life as a result of another driver's negligence, the deceased’s heirs may pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. In Florida this includes the spouse, children and parents of the deceased as well as others, depending on the circumstances. Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo will explain this to you in detail.

The Law Offices of Attorney J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. - No Legal Fees Unless We Win Your Case

Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo will always pursue the most expeditious and favorable resolution to your case. Toward that end, he will always pursue the most amount of money possible for your injuries or for your loved one’s loss of life. He will approach the insurance company in pursuit of a satisfactory settlement. If the insurance company tenders a satisfactory dollar amount, the case will conclude. However, if they do not, Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo and his associates will be fully prepared to take the case to trial. More than 90% of all cases are settled without going to trial.

You do not have to pay any legal fees at all unless Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo resolves your case through settlement or court award. Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo’s fees are earned as a percentage of the total settlement or court award. He will discuss this in detail with you before accepting the case.  

You can reach Miami Pedestrian Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email J.P. directly at jp@yourattorneys.com.

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Sources:

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812270 1

https://smartgrowthamerica.org/dangerous-by-design/ 2

https://firesportal.com/Pages/Public/QuickStats.aspx  3

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812318  4

https://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html 5  

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.305.html  6