Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

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The term “non-traffic motor vehicle crashes” is one of those clunky ones mostly used by regulators and policy wonks, but it’s one that should capture everyone’s attention because it’s a serious and ongoing, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). caringarage

If you’ve never heard the term, you’re not alone, though you’ve likely heard of the incidents to which it refers. Non-traffic motor vehicle crashes are a type of crash that occurs off a public traffic way. Those may include:

  • Single vehicle crashes on private roads
  • Two-vehicle crashes in parking lots or parking garages
  • Collisions with pedestrians or bicyclists in driveways

In addition to these, there are also “non-traffic incidents,” which might include things like a person falling underneath a vehicle or someone falling victim to unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.  Continue reading →

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Florida has a bad reputation when it comes to pedestrian accidents, and the latest report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) doesn’t offer any redemption. crosswalk6

The report reveals that not only did the national rate of fatal pedestrian accidents climb by 2 percent, from 4,779 to 4,884, the rate in Florida rose by an astonishing 17 percent, from 501 in 2013 to 588 in 2014.

What’s more, pedestrian accidents now comprise 23.6 percent of all traffic fatalities in Florida – nearly 1 in 4 – compared to 20.8 percent – or 1 in 5 – that were counted in 2013.  Continue reading →

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A beloved and talented musician from Venezuela was killed in an Orlando pedestrian accident recently while chaperoning a group of children on vacation. pedestrian3

Grammy-Nominated DJ Luis Borges was staying with a group of children whom he and other adults were chaperoning at a hotel near Lake Buena Vista. He and one of the chaperons decided to walk to a nearby grocery store to stock up on food. The two adults loaded up their carts at a local grocery store, pushed the carts back to the hotel, unloaded the food and then walked back to the store with the carts to return them.

Around 12:35 a.m., it was raining heavily and Borges was reportedly walking in the road. A 42-year-old man driving on Lake Street says he never saw the pedestrian before striking him. There were no street lights and Borges was not in a crosswalk. The driver did remain at the scene until troopers arrived. Neither alcohol impairment nor speeding is believed to have been an issue, and no criminal charges are expected. Continue reading →

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Crosswalk signals are intended to make pedestrians safer when crossing the street, particularly at intersections. But they may not always achieve this goal. pedestrian1

A 2007 study by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety revealed traffic signals were problematic for pedestrians over age 65 because they changed too quickly, failing to allow them additional time to safely get across. There was also evidence that pedestrians don’t always understand the nuances of the traditional pedestrian signal countdown. That too affects their behavior and walking speed, which could in turn increase the risk of a crash.

In the recent case of Castro v. City of Thousand Oaks, the complaint involves an assertion the crosswalk signal was flawed, giving pedestrians the feeling they were safe when in fact they were not. The lawsuit was filed against the city for injuries. After a trial court granted summary judgment to the city, a California appellate court reversed, finding a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the intersection/crosswalk posed a substantial risk of injury to a pedestrian who is exercising due care. Continue reading →

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A husband and wife out for a leisurely stroll in their neighborhood would never return home the same again. It was a summer day in Maryland in 2009. As they passed a residential driveway, a driver in his 20s backed out of the driveway without looking. crashedbumper

In so doing, the driver struck the couple. The wife screamed and, as she would later allege in her complaint, hit the vehicle with her hand to alert the driver and make it stop. She reportedly then made eye contact with the driver, who stopped momentarily and then nevertheless seeing what had happened, continued moving his car, backing over her husband in an attempt to flee the scene.

Both husband and wife sustained serious injuries, though the husband had the worst of it. His injuries included a traumatic brain injury and other severe head injuries, as well as injuries to his neck, body and limbs. He was transported to a local hospital and then, later to a rehabilitation center, where he died two years later.

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A Fort Lauderdale firefighter was killed after he stopped on the side of the road to change a flat and was struck by an oncoming vehicle on Interstate 95. The case is a reminder to drivers not to text and drive and to avoid other distractions while driving to prevent similar accidents. Drivers who must pull over to change a flat, handle maintenance, or in the event of an emergency should also remember the danger of pulling onto the shoulder. According to media and accident reports, a 48-year-old driver struck the SUV in her Hyundai Sonata in the southbound lane just north of Yamoto Road in Boca Raton.

self-driving-google-car-2A 911 call detailing the scene of the accident was made available to the media. In the recording, it is clear that the driver was overwhelmed with grief and shock as she begged the dispatcher for help. Immediately, the driver recognized that she veered off the road and “hit a man.” When the emergency rescue team arrived, the driver was standing over the victim, who was still breathing but unresponsive. Throughout the six-minute 911 call, the driver begged the dispatchers for help while they tried to keep her calm.

Police stated that the driver tried to avoid hitting the victim by veering to the right, but drove into the victim who was next to his car. The driver went to aid the victim as she called 911 and though he tried to speak, she could not understand what he was saying. When other eyewitnesses pulled onto the scene, many called 911 to report the tragedy. All of these reports will be relevant in a criminal or civil matter. At least one eyewitness said the driver “panicked” and hit the victim. No charges have been filed, but the case remains under investigation.

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Hit-and-run collisions pose a significant risk to Florida’s pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. When a driver flees the scene, it is less likely that a victim will get necessary medical care. To make a medical condition work, some victims will suffer additional injuries after being struck and dragged by a vehicle. According to recent reports, South Florida, as well as Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando are some of the most dangerous places for pedestrians. The analysis was compiled by the National Complete Streets Coalition and discussed in a CBS 12 report.


Pedestrian safety is a significant issue in South Florida and statewide. Due to the weather and number of state and federal highways, there are more pedestrians and a higher risk of accidents and injury. Florida not only has a high rate of pedestrian accidents, it also has a high rate of hit-and-run collisions. Our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys are dedicated to representing the victims of hit-and-run accidents. We are also committed to raising awareness to prevent future accidents and to hold negligent drivers accountable.
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Recently in Weston, a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian on U.S. 27, causing the adult male victim to suffer serious injuries. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Authorities are looking for the driver, but our pedestrian accident attorneys in Broward know that many times in these situations, when the driver is never caught, victims must turn to their own insurance company for help. We are experienced in handling claims involving uninsured (or unidentified) and underinsured drivers.

Nationwide, pedestrian deaths have seen a dramatic increase of 15 percent between 2009 and 2012, even as the instance of all other motor vehicle fatalities declined by 3 percent. The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that based on preliminary data for the first six months of 2013 in all 50 states plus D.C., there were 1,985 pedestrian fatalities. That’s a marked decrease from the 2,175 that was reported in the first six months of 2012;. Whether those figures continued to bear out for the rest of the year remains to be seen, as more recent statistics are not yet available.
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It’s Halloween, and that means more than haunted houses and sweet treats. It means some serious risks for pedestrian accidents. As a matter of fact, Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for pedestrian accidents, especially among young children. According to a recent study, and a look over at more than four million records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) from 1990 – 2010 for children 0-18 years of age on October 31, it was concluded that there have been 115 child pedestrian fatalities through the 21 years of analysis. That’s an average of close to 6 fatalities on the haunted night each and every year — compared to the average of about 2.6 on every other night of the year.

The deadliest hours for trick-or-treaters were from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. About 60 percent of all of the child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night occurred during this time. About 70 percent of them happened at areas away from a crosswalk or an intersection and they were most likely to happen among children between the ages of 12 and 15, according to StateFarm.

Our Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident lawyers understand that Halloween is supposed to be a fun, lighthearted night for our youngster, but it’s our responsibility to make sure that this is all good, safe fun. We advise parents to take advantage of local businesses and downtown activities for trick-or-treating, but if you’re set on hitting the neighborhoods, please review and follow these safety tips:
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A simple trip to the airport to pick up an arriving traveler turned deadly after a pedestrian was struck by a charter bus. According to the Huffington Post, the accident happened at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when the pedestrian tripped while crossing the busy four lanes of traffic right outside the arrival area of the airport. it happened just before 3:00 p.m. outside Terminal 4.
According to accident reports, the woman arrived in an SUV, which stopped in the middle of these four lanes (where traffic is not supposed to stop). The woman exited the rear of the SUV and at one point stumbled and fell to the ground. Upon hitting the pavement, she was run over by a passing bus. No one on the bus was injured.

Our Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident lawyers understand that the airport can be a confusing and dangerous place. With all the excitement of picking up friends and family members, or tossing your bags on a plane and flying out of town, it’s no surprise that safety takes a back seat. Unfortunately, there are plenty of risks to be found in and around airports, whether you’re coming or going.

In this area (in the lanes where the involved vehicles were traveling), traffic is not allowed to stop to let anyone get in our out of a vehicle. But who’s to know that in these busy and confusing travel areas. Are signs working well enough? Are drivers paying enough attention?

“It’s tragic any way you look at it,” said Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.

Officers are still investigating the accident, and have not reported if there will be any charges filed.

The truth of the matter is that dropping off and picking up passengers is statistically not that safe. Each and every year, there are a number of accidents and fatalities that happen as a result of vehicles driving around airport terminals. These are the lanes near the airport entrances and exits and they’re filled with parking lot shuttles, city buses, cars, cabs and many are double-parked. If you’re not used to this kind of traffic, the layout can be awfully confusing — and dangerous.

These conditions are especially risky for those on-foot travelers.

When you’re walking through this area, it’s critical that you have your full attention on your surroundings. Unfortunately, traffic in the area is more concerned with picking up or dropping off their passengers than on the safety of the traffic around them.

When you’re walking outside an airport, it’s important that you:

-Walk in designated crosswalks.

-Only board/exit vehicles where permitted.

-Stay one step ahead of the traffic around you.

-Only cross the road when you KNOW you have enough time. Avoid hurrying across.

-Only board/exit vehicles in designated areas. You cannot always just stop your vehicle and hop in/out whenever you’d like.

Following these simple safety tips will help to make sure you make it to/from your flight safely.
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