◦ According to the Florida DMV, in 2008, 502 pedestrians were killed in 7,878 crashes in Florida
◦ The NHTSA reports that 73% of pedestrian fatalities occur in an urban setting, and 79% occur outside of a marked intersection.
◦ According to the Florida DMV, in 2008, 118 bicyclists were killed in 4,775 accidents
Bicycle and pedestrian accidents can be especially devastating because the victims are extremely vulnerable. While it is impossible to prevent all accidents, there are steps you can take to avoid being an accident victim. Bicyclists should always ride with traffic, not against it, and they should utilize the specially marked lanes when available. Bicyclists and joggers should always wear bright reflective clothing, and avoid high traffic routes, especially during rush hour. While it may be tempting, listening to music on ear buds or headphones can be especially dangerous, and should be avoided. Of interest, most people do not realize that their own automobile insurance will provide medical benefits if they are struck by a vehicle while walking or jogging.
If you are in involved in an accident, your first concern should be for your health and safety. If you are significantly injured, you should not get out of your vehicle nor should you attempt to move your vehicle. Call 911 on your cell phone, or use the emergency call button on your vehicle’s dashboard. If neither is within reach, call out for help and request that someone call 911 on your behalf. If you are not severely injured, and it is safe to leave your vehicle, you should do so. Again, you should call 911 to report the accident and wait in a safe location for help to arrive. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to remove your vehicle from the flow of traffic prior to the arrival of the police. If you are able, you should take a picture of the scene before moving your vehicle. Other than a law enforcement officer, you should not talk to anyone about the accident. Also, if you are injured, you should seek medical attention immediately as failure to timely seek care may prejudice your ability to be compensated for your medical bills and injuries. Finally, contact your insurance company and report the accident.
After you have dealt with the immediate crisis, you should consult with an attorney. If you have been involved in an accident, the Law Office of Mark A. Glassman, P.A., would like the opportunity to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your rights and responsibilities and determine if you are entitled to compensation under the law. Please call toll free (844-AUTO-LAW) or e-mail (Claims@USALawsuits.com) the Law Office of Mark A. Glassman, P.A., to discuss your potential legal claim.