5 Pedestrian Safety Tips for Floridians

Unfortunately, Florida is an incredibly dangerous place for people to take a walk. In fact, our state has one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the entire country. A pedestrian accident can occur anywhere – not just while trying to cross a busy street, but even trying to navigate a shopping center parking lot. Here are 5 pedestrian safety tips to stay safe while enjoying a walk along Florida streets. The Eberst Law Firm has a team of skilled attorneys with a lot of experience representing people who have suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents. If this has happened to you, please get in touch with your law firm as soon as you can. Just use our online contact form, or give us a call at 1-888-CALL-JON to schedule a free evaluation of your case. Hopefully, you won’t ever have to deal with this horrible type of accident. Here are five tips that will help you keep from becoming a victim. 1. Stay on Sidewalks Whenever Possible One of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is someone choosing to walk in the street rather than the sidewalk. Not only is using the sidewalk the law in Florida, it’s also simple common sense. Drivers must always yield to pedestrians, especially when...

Are Pedestrians at a Higher Risk for Injury During the Summer?

To put it mildly, Florida has a severe pedestrian safety problem. Whenever a vehicle strikes someone, the consequences can obviously be horrible. A pedestrian can suffer a debilitating traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and even worse. Even though this is the case throughout the year, the summertime months are particularly dangerous. As you’ll soon find out, there are a number of reasons this is the case. The Eberst Law Firm has a team of attorneys who know how tragic a pedestrian accident can be. We also know how confusing it can be for victims to determine the best way to obtain compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in this type of accident, and it was caused by someone else’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll listen to the details of your case, and clearly spell out how we may be able to help. Just give us a call at 1-888-CALL-JON or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics If you’ve lived in Florida for any period of time, you might already have a good idea of how difficult it can be for pedestrians in our state to stay safe. But you might not realize...

Top 5 Risky Behaviors that Cause Pedestrian AccidentsTop 5 Risky Behaviors that Cause Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents occur far too often in Florida. In fact, Florida is the most dangerous place in the entire country to walk. Not only do pedestrian accidents lead to life-changing, catastrophic injuries. They’re also fatal in many instances. While people typically assume that the driver is to blame when a vehicle hits a pedestrian, there are times where the person walking can share some of the responsibility for the accident. The following is a list of five dangerous mistakes that both drivers and pedestrians often make. If you’ve suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident that occurred due to the driver’s negligence, the attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm will fight to help you obtain compensation. Schedule a free case review as soon as possible by contacting us online or calling 1-888-CALL-JON. 1. Ignoring Right of Way There are times where a pedestrian will have the right of way when crossing a street. However, drivers will also have the right of way in other instances. For example, a person trying to cross at an intersection will NOT have the right of way if the “don’t walk” light is flashing. Drivers in this situation won’t have enough time to stop for a pedestrian, making an accident almost inevitable. Drivers, on the other hand,...

How Does Distracted Driving Affect Pedestrians?

As important as smartphones are in today’s society, they can also be a menace. Too many people are so engrossed with texting and talking that they’re oblivious to everything around them. even when they’re behind the wheel. Pedestrians often bear the brunt of that negligence. And they can suffer horrible injuries as a result. Florida is already a dangerous state for pedestrians. When you add distracted drivers to the mix, the dangers can get exponentially worse. If you have suffered a severe injury after being struck by a vehicle driven by a distracted driver, the personal injury attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm will be ready to help. Schedule a free consultation by giving us a call at 1-888-CALL-JON or contact us online as soon as you can. Distracted Driving Statistics The risks of distracted driving can’t be overstated. More than 3,000 people needlessly lost their lives in 2020 because of this dangerous behavior. As bad as talking on a phone while driving is, texting is even worse. That’s because it takes a driver’s eyes completely off of the road. When this happens for as little as five seconds at 55 miles an hour, a car can travel 100 yards. Try driving that far with a blindfold over your eyes. it’s basically...

US and Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Florida is a beautiful state, one with a climate that makes it easy to get outside and take a leisurely walk. Unfortunately, our state is also incredibly dangerous when it comes to doing just that. Florida is, in fact, the most dangerous state for pedestrians. There are a lot of factors that can contribute to a pedestrian accident. A distracted driver might be too busy talking or texting on their smartphone to realize someone has walked into their path, for example. No matter what the cause of your pedestrian accident, the attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm will be ready to help you hold those responsible for your suffering accountable. We’ll do everything we can to help obtain the compensation you deserve so that you can recover the damages you’ve incurred. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact us online or call 1-888-CALL-JON. How Does Florida Compare to the Rest of the United States for Pedestrian Accident Injuries and Fatalities? Not well, to say the least. According to the National Safety Council, 6,205 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents across the U.S. in 2019, accounting for 17.2% of all traffic-related deaths. According to a report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Florida, along with...

5 Laws You Need to Know as a Pedestrian

[caption id="attachment_2786" align="alignnone" width="900"] young mother holds hand of his little daughter and son and standing near cross road, behind[/caption] Florida law does a pretty comprehensive job of covering pedestrian law. Like drivers, pedestrians have their responsibilities as well. If either a motorist or a pedestrian is careless, the outcome could be catastrophic. Even something as simple as walking through a parking lot could have horrible consequences if the pedestrian or the driver don’t pay attention to their surroundings. Most of the time, though, when a car hits a pedestrian, the fault lies with the motorist. At The Eberst Law Firm, we’ve seen far too many instances where a driver’s negligence caused severe, long-term injuries to someone who was doing nothing more than taking an enjoyable walk on a beautiful Florida day. If this has happened to you or a loved one, please contact us online or call 888-CALL-JON as soon as you can for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions, and let you know how we may be able to help. Here’s a look at Florida pedestrian law, outlining not only drivers’ responsibilities, but the responsibilities of pedestrians as well. 1. Drivers Are Required to Stop for Pedestrians at Crosswalks The law...

Pedestrian Parking Lot Accidents: Causes and Injuries

You might think that a parking lot would be a relatively safe place to walk, as long as it’s either daylight, or the parking lot is well lit. But even under these conditions, parking lots can be extremely dangerous for people to walk. When a vehicle hits the human body, the damage can be catastrophic – or even fatal. Even if the person hit is lucky enough to “only” suffer a short-term injury, it can still be debilitating and incredibly painful. The vast majority of these incidents occur due to negligence on the part of the vehicle driver. If this has happened to you or someone close to you, please get in touch with The Eberst Law Firm as soon as you can. We have a great deal of experience representing pedestrians who have suffered injuries, and we also have a long track record of success. Call 1-888-CALL-JON or contact us online for a free case review. Common Causes of Pedestrian Parking Lot Accidents Accidents happen – and they can happen for a lot of different reasons. Pedestrian parking lot accidents are no exception. These are just a few of the many reasons this kind of accident occurs. Distracted driving – Texting or talking on a smartphone is always dangerous...

Severe Injuries Associated with Pedestrian and Semi-Truck Accidents

A collision between a huge semi-truck and a car can have horrible enough consequences. But when a truck hits a pedestrian, the results are typically catastrophic – oftentimes, fatal. Florida is a beautiful state, one where people love to take a walk and enjoy the sunshine. If that walk turns tragic, it will be imperative for the victim, or the victim’s family, to pursue compensation. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident involving a semi-truck, please get in touch with The Eberst Law Firm, P.A. as soon as possible. We will provide you with a free consultation to let you know how we may be able to help. You can give us a call at 888-CALL-JON or use our online form. Why Are Semi-Trucks so Dangerous? The sheer size of a semi-truck makes it incredibly dangerous. These mammoth vehicles can easily weigh 80,000 pounds (40 tons) when fully loaded. When one of these huge trucks hits a pedestrian, that person will be incredibly lucky to survive. Unfortunately, in most cases they don’t. Florida Pedestrian Laws and Truck Accidents According to Florida law, a pedestrian is defined as a person who walks close to traffic, or walks on the side...

FAQ: Florida Pedestrian Injury Claims

[caption id="attachment_2853" align="alignnone" width="900"] Caution watch for Pedestrians Traffic Sign.[/caption] Florida is an unsafe state for pedestrians. Florida is actually ranked as the number one most dangerous state for pedestrians. In total, there have been approximately 5,893 pedestrian fatalities in Florida between 2010 and 2019. And hundreds of thousands of people have been injured because of pedestrian accidents in the same timeframe. If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident case in the state of Florida, you may be stressed, confused, or just plain angry. At The Eberst Law Firm, we understand what you’re going through. That’s why we created a list of frequently asked questions that we hope can calm your mind. How Does the Law Define a “Pedestrian”? Florida law defines a pedestrian as anyone who is “afoot” or anyone who is walking on the side of the road or close to traffic. Basically, if you walk your daily commute, if you’re walking to the store, or even if you’re just taking a nice walk to get some exercise in, you’re a pedestrian. Why Are Pedestrian Accidents So Common in Florida? Florida pedestrian accidents are more commonly caused by an error on behalf of the motor vehicle driver. This means that the driver...

Does Florida Have a Pedestrian Safety Problem?

[caption id="attachment_2865" align="alignnone" width="900"] NORWALK, CT, USA - JUNE 11, 2021: Yellow box with cross button for pedestrians with crosswalk on Post road.[/caption] When moving to a new place, it’s important to know how safe it is. Of course, crime statistics most often come to mind, but that isn’t the only kind of safety that matters. Pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist safety are all significant factors to consider as well. So, how does Florida rank when it comes to pedestrian safety? The Most Dangerous States for Pedestrians, Ranked The most dangerous state for pedestrians is, unfortunately, Florida. Florida comes in at number one with 5,893 pedestrian fatalities between the years 2010 and 2019. There is a massive difference between the number one and number two most dangerous states, as Alabama comes in second with only 936 pedestrian fatalities in the same time frame. However, the death rate isn’t the only thing that determines how dangerous a state is for pedestrians. The population and the infrastructure put into place for pedestrians also play a huge role in determining the danger level. The top ten most dangerous states include: Florida Alabama New Mexico Mississippi Delaware Louisiana Arizona South Carolina Georgia Texas If you’re thinking about...

Daytona Personal Injury Answers: The Shocking Causes and Effects of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be devastating, causing life-changing accidents and huge piles of medical debt and other damages. Because of how devastating their effects are, victims also often have to deal with mental issues like anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The shocking effects of pedestrian accidents are long-lasting and often don’t go away right after the accident occurs. If the injury is severe, the patient may have to deal with side effects for months, years, or even the rest of their life. If they’re lucky enough to have their injury heal quickly, they still may have to deal with lasting chronic pain or lasting mental health effects, like PTSD. Each pedestrian accident is different, so it can be hard to predict exactly what each person will go through after their injury. Statistics of Daytona Beach, Volusia County Pedestrian Accidents? In the top 20 most dangerous places to walk in the country, Florida cities make up nine out of 20, almost half. The Orlando/Kissimmee/Sanford area comes in at number one, with 740 pedestrian fatalities from 2010-2019. The Deltona/Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach area comes in at number five, with 235 fatalities in the same time period. The crazy part is, while the Orlando area has more fatalities within...

Pedestrian Accidents: Frequently Asked Questions

Pedestrian accidents can leave people with many questions. While drivers should be aware that they’re sharing the road, that’s not always the case. They’re sometimes too fast or too distracted to look out for people traveling on foot. With the average car weighing over 4,000 pounds, pedestrians are up against way more than the typical accident victim. Q: What should I do after I’m injured in a pedestrian accident? A: If you’re physically able, move away from the road so you’re not at risk for another accident. Call 911. Your health and safety are the first priorities, and an operator will get an ambulance and police to your site. Gather as much information as you can. A copy of the police report as well as photos of your injuries, the vehicle, and the surrounding area can serve as evidence in your favor. Gathering witness statements is also useful. If you’re seriously injured, these steps may not be immediately possible for you to do. See if a bystander can assist you. Q: What if I’m partially at fault? A: Because Florida has a comparative fault statute, more than one party can be considered liable for an accident. Say as a pedestrian, you were hit while...