Walking should be safe
Being able to use a car to go about town is very convenient. All you need to do is turn on the ignition, drive, and park when you safely arrive at your destination. Walking, however, can just be as advantageous if not more so. There is no expenditure for gas, parking or maintenance costs involved. It really is more economical, for short distances at least. Not only will you be able to get in some exercise, you get to enjoy the outdoors as well.
Florida is such an ideal place to go walking. With its sunny climate and bright skies, no one really needs an invitation to engage in a pleasurable stroll. There are even some residents that believe in going on long stretches at a time within the city. These urban hikes have done their part in reducing carbon emissions when performed on a regular basis by a growing number of people.
The benefits definitely outweigh the disadvantages, which are few for those that love to move about.
There is still, however, a certain amount of discretion that needs to be exercised when taking the pedestrian route. The state’s burgeoning inhabitants and the ever-expanding amount of sights and sounds make it more likely to distract all types of commuters leading to more accidents. For emphasis, there were an abnormally high number of pedestrian casualties on Florida’s roads in 2009. Alarmingly, this is twice the country’s average. Our state holds the distinct ignominy of having the most fatalities in America.
Our lawyers at Lichtblau & Goldenberg empathize with those that have been injured or have lost someone close to them due to such accidents. We are aware that these occurrences are avoidable to a certain extent. No one should be made to suffer for someone’s negligent or imprudent behavior. Receive a free consultation upon visiting our office in the West Palm Beach area. Our legal team will note the details of the incident, scrutinize its merits, present you with alternatives and advise you on the strength of your potential suit.
The Walking Public Deserve Respect
It usually takes a combination of events and circumstances that lead to a serious mishap. Blame can mostly be attributed to motor vehicle drivers. They are usually the ones that are drunk, distracted and careless among other things. The attention seeking road signs, billboards and monuments were already enough to cause road accidents in the past. With the addition of the cellphone, however, the occurrence of accidents has been on the rise. Sending that seemingly urgent text or answering an important phone call has taken precedence over the safety of others. This wanton disregard goes not only for the common pedestrian but the driver, his passengers and other people on the road as well.
In the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, most drivers do not pay heed to the pedestrians who have just as much right as they do to use the streets. They are viewed as obstacles or even roadblocks that are preventing them from getting to their destination on time. If these drivers only gave the walking public more regard, the number of accidents would be greatly reduced. After all, how much will it really take to slow down and pause at an intersection where pedestrians are sure to pass? More importantly, the state and private sector have not been remiss in providing warnings to drivers that drive after drinking or being on drugs. These substances seriously impair their alertness on the road and give them a false sense of confidence in their capacity to drive.
Vehicles do not die, people do
How can normal human beings possibly withstand the impact of an oncoming vehicle? The answer is simple, they cannot. Metal barreling down the road at high velocities will always win out against flesh and bone. Cars that are not even considered to be up to the regular speed limit of fifty-five miles per hour can cause fatalities. In fact, a pedestrian only has a twenty percent chance of surviving a collision with a car going at forty miles per hour. Accidents may also occur with bicycles or motorcycles. These will cause a lower injury risk but can prove to be serious nonetheless. Tragic incidents with road behemoths such as buses and trucks are not so common though they still do happen. Drivers should really give more respect to the unprotected public. The state as well must ensure that their roads are properly marked and defects repaired as soon as possible to minimize further risk.
The Injuries Inflicted Usually Result in:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Brain damage and other head injuries
- Internal injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
Find out if you or a loved one is entitled to damages. Our attorneys are adept at handling pedestrian accident cases in the West Palm Beach area. Lichtblau & Goldenberg has plenty of experience dealing with such deviants of the law. We will pursue all means necessary to get what is rightfully deserved, be it compensation for actual damages or other costs both current and potential due to the injury. Let us be the ones to represent your cause.
Call 561-863-9100 as soon as possible to allow us to provide swift assistance. Those that violated your well-being did not stop to consider your safety, why should you delay in collecting what is legally yours?