Florida Is The Most Dangerous Place To Be A Pedestrian

Florida Is The Most Dangerous Place To Be A Pedestrian

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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Did you know that most Americans suffer from inadequate levels of vitamin D? More Americans are becoming aware of this fact, and they’re taking advantage of the free vitamin D the sun provides by going outside and enjoying the weather.

While that should be a good thing, more pedestrian traffic means there’s a greater chance of an accident happening. That’s why warm places like Florida experience some of the highest pedestrian accident rates in the country. An accident on the boardwalk can derail your plans, but you can recover from it if you take specific steps to get the compensation you deserve.

 

Florida Pedestrian Accidents: Are You at Risk?


Statistics prove that Florida pedestrian accident rates are the highest in the nation. For the reason described above, it makes sense that there’s more pedestrian traffic in the state.

If you’re a Floridian, then you may be concerned about your risks. According to reports, a surprising trend shows that the most at-risk individuals for fatal accidents include people of color, older Americans, and lower-income individuals. The reason for this is because more fatalities happen in areas with poorly lit roadways, no sidewalks, or a lack of marked crosswalks. Everyone, though, is equally at-risk for getting struck by a vehicle, bicyclist, or other types of motorists.

If you’re hoping to reduce your risk of getting injured, then it’s a good idea to avoid the types of areas listed above. When you go out for a walk, opt to walk in a well-lit area that has designated sidewalks. It’s even better if the area also has a designated bike lane, too. If that’s the case, then you won’t have to be as concerned about bicyclists on the walkway. If you’re an older American, then it’s a good idea to use the buddy system when you go out for a walk. Not only will you enjoy the company, but you’ll reduce your risks of getting injured, too!

 

What to Do After a Boardwalk Accident in Florida


Despite all of our best efforts, accidents happen. When they do, you likely have legal recourse if the accident wasn’t your fault. It doesn’t matter whether a bike struck you, a vehicle veered onto the sidewalk, or a pothole caused you to trip. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, then you can likely seek out compensation for your losses.

When you’ve been in a boardwalk accident, you need to first call the police to explain what happened. It’s important to file a police report because they will file an official police report. Next, seek out medical care for your injuries. Ask to keep a copy of your diagnosis, and keep a copy of your medical bill, too. If you need a prescription medication for your injury, then make sure to save that receipt. Once you’ve done all that, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer. A free consultation with a qualified attorney can help you determine if you have a case.

 

What Damages Can You Receive?


Drivers and bicyclists have a duty to provide for a pedestrian’s care. Similarly, your local government or the owner of the boardwalk you’re on also has a duty to provide for your care. From a legal standpoint, that means both of those parties must take reasonable steps to ensure your safety.

If they fell short on their duties and you got hurt, then you can seek out compensation. This compensation will help you pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and future medical costs. Depending on the severity of the other party’s negligence, you might also be able to collect compensation in the form of punitive damages, too.

 

Accident on the Boardwalk? How to Recover in 2021


Have you been involved in a boardwalk accident in Florida? Are you currently injured and missing time off of work? If so, then you should follow the steps outlined in this guide to ensure your accident on the boardwalk doesn’t cause more strife than it already has.

Are you searching for a qualified attorney that can help you get the cash you deserve? We’ve got you covered! Find a Florida pedestrian accident attorney in your area now by heading over to our lawyer search page.


This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.
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