Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Vero Beach, FL: Keith Bregoff
In the State of Florida, pedestrian fatalities are at a ten year high, and the injuries resulting from these accidents have landed the state on Smart Growth America’s top twenty list of most dangerous cities to walk through across the United States. In fact, Florida cities claim the top seven spots in the study.
At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, our pedestrian accident attorney in Vero Beach, FL understands that our clients have endured a traumatic experience. Being hit by a vehicle, truck, motor or bicyclist can lead to severe, long-term medical requirements that no one is capable of planning for. Our accomplished personal injury lawyer has nearly 25 years of successful representation experience, helping thousands of injured people regain their livelihoods. We can help you, too.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics: Florida and Nationwide
According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, their records indicate the following statistics, reflecting the dangers of traversing Florida cities on foot.
In the State of Florida, last year alone, there were:
- 8,830 pedestrian crashes
- 7,737 pedestrian injuries
- 606 pedestrian fatalities
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a nationwide look at the dangers of pedestrian travel, including:
- Over 70,000 pedestrians are injured each year
- Nearly 5,500 pedestrian fatalities recorded annually
- On average, there are 15 pedestrian fatalities each day
The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles created a public service announcement reminding drivers to slow down when approaching intersections, remaining alert for pedestrians always, as they have the right of way. Conversely, the campaign reminds those on foot to take care when crossing streets, walking through parking lots, and busy areas where they may not be as visible in crowded conditions.
Distracted Driving is a Lethal Threat to Pedestrians
Over the past three years, pedestrian roadway fatalities have risen by a startling 22% nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lacks an official explanation for the rise in these deaths, but many safety experts believe that the answer lies in distracted driving. When drivers are preoccupied by their phones while on the road, typing text messages or reading emails, they tend to look up at the roadway ahead only briefly. These short glances don’t afford them time to conduct a complete scan of the roadway. This causes drivers to miss smaller objects in the road, such as cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, driving up the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities due to this inattentive driving.
Texting and driving isn’t just careless and dangerous; it’s illegal in the state of Florida. When evidence proves that a driver was breaking a law while causing injury to someone else, and that law was intended to prevent the type of harm they caused, this can serve as conclusive proof in court that the driver was negligent in causing the accident and bears financial liability for the injuries they caused.
At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, our determined and effective Vero Beach personal injury attorneys will investigate your pedestrian accident to learn whether the at-fault driver was texting when they caused your serious injury accident. We’ll look at eyewitness interviews, accident reconstruction expert reports, and surveillance video to learn what really happened. We’ll use evidence of the driver’s actions prior to the crash to prove their negligence in court. Contact us today so that we can begin investigating your Indian River County accident.
Understanding the Consequences of Pedestrian Accidents
When an individual is on foot, they are completely exposed to motorized vehicles of all sizes. The vulnerability a person experiences in a near encounter with a vehicle is terrifying. When a car or truck collides with a person, the consequences can be catastrophic.
These life-changing injuries can include:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Severe burns, scrapes and bruising
- Loss of limbs
- Loss of mobility
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
The resulting treatment needs can lead to devastating financial strain, including:
- Short and long-term medical costs
- Lengthy hospital stays, and the costs associated
- Medical equipment rental and prescriptions
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- At-home, around the clock care
- Lost wages for the injured, and family members who assume their care
- Inability to return to work after the accident
- Temporary or permanent disability
How Can the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff Help?
Our solution-focused attorney works tirelessly to return our clients to the quality of life they once enjoyed, prior to their injuries. No two pedestrian accidents are alike. Each injured person will require different care, and their recovery efforts can vary greatly. At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, our experienced pedestrian accident attorney reviews each case individually to ensure no detail is left to chance. This allows your recovery outlook to be viewed as a big picture, so the financial recovery sought is exactly what you will need now, and going forward.
Call Our Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Vero Beach, FL Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, or have lost a loved one because of an accident, contact our Vero Beach, FL attorney today at (772) 492-8967 for a free consultation. Our experience and determination to assist our clients in rebuilding their health and financial stability are unmatched in the State of Florida. We can help you, and your family too. Call us today to find out how.