Pedestrian accidents in Florida have reached epidemic proportions. Florida's unique mix of retirees, tourists, families and immigrants - combined with year-around outdoor weather - makes it the deadliest state in the country for pedestrian accidents. About 1 in 6 of the nation's fatal pedestrian accidents occur in the Sunshine State.
Fort Lauderdale Pedestrian Accident Attorney Richard Ansara is dedicated to representing victims of pedestrian accidents in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
- Transportation for America reports that Florida is home to the four deadliest metro areas in the nation for pedestrian accidents, Orlando, Tampa/St.Petersburg, Jacksonville and Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach.
- Even as the overall number of traffic accidents has declined nationwide, the number of pedestrian accidents has soared, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Injuries were up 19 percent in 2010, while fatal accidents were up nearly 5 percent.
- In the last decade, nearly 50,000 pedestrians have been killed in accidents and more than 668,000 have been injured.
- In 2011, The U.S. Department of Transportation reported the fewest traffic fatalities since the end of World War II, yet 171 more pedestrians were killed and 11,000 more were injured. A total of 4,280 pedestrians were killed and 70,000 were injured that year.
Pedestrian accidents are complex cases, often involving very serious or fatal injuries. As a Broward pedestrian accident attorney, Richard Ansara continues to fight for the rights of clients who have been seriously injured or killed in pedestrian accidents. And that includes making a full determination of the causes and the parties responsible.
Pedestrians have the right of way in nearly all circumstances. Still, motorists continue to cause a substantial number of these accidents through failure to yield.
Transportation for America reports the number of pedestrians killed in this country is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every month. In many cases, blame is shared by poor road design, urban sprawl, and communities not designed with sidewalks and other safety features in mind.
South Florida's rapid development, combined with its elderly population, makes poor community planning a primary culprit.South Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- In 2010, 499 pedestrians were killed and more than 7,000 were seriously injured in Florida pedestrian accidents - upwards of half of those cases occurred in just four counties, Palm Beach, Orange, Broward and Miami-Dade.
- While Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrian accidents, nowhere is more dangerous than South Florida. Fatal pedestrian accidents in 2010 included Broward (53), Orange (43), Miami-Dade (76), Palm Beach (21).
- The number of serious injuries was even more alarming. Broward (968), Miami-Dade (1,306), Orange (509), Palm Beach (550).
If you are looking for a Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident lawyer who will stand by your side at each stage of your case, contact The Ansara Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Broward County Accident Attorney Richard Ansara represents accident victims in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area, including Coral Springs, Davie, Hollywood, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Weston and Sunrise.
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