Being a pedestrian or riding a bicycle on the streets and roadways of Florida is becoming a high risk proposition as more and more people move to the state and bring more cars with them. Statistics generated by the state of Florida show just how dangerous it can be to walk or ride a bicycle on Florida’s roads. Our Orlando personal injury attorneys can help you with any pedestrian and bicycle rider accident cases. Just check out some of these numbers generated by the state of Florida pertaining to the Orlando area of Orange County:
Facts from the Florida Department of Highway Safety:
– In 2007 alone, there were 8,139 pedestrians involved in crashes with automobiles in the state of Florida. 530 pedestrians were killed as a result of these crashes, and 7,529 pedestrians were injured.
– Also in 2007 the state reported that there were 4,847 bicyclists involved in crashes with automobiles in Florida. Out of those 4,847 accidents, 121 bicycle riders were killed and 4,347 bicycle riders and as well as bicycle passengers were injured.
– Orange County had the highest fatality rate for bicycle riders involved in crashes with cars in the state of Florida with 14 fatalities. That is more than one death a month in )range County alone.
– Orange County had the 4th highest fatality rate for pedestrians involved in crashes with cars in the state of Florida, with 40 pedestrian deaths.
As you can see, bicycle and pedestrian related accidents occur all too often in the state of Florida. While we have singled out Orange County because it seems to be an especially dangerous place for pedestrians and bicycle riders, the rest of the state is no better off when it comes to serious personal injuries to pedestrians and bicycle riders.
It is important that you be smart and alert at all times while walking or riding a bike on the streets. This is especially true for children who may not appreciate the dangers of walking or riding a bicycle on the street. However, even though you try to be as careful as possible while walking or riding a bike, it only takes a second for the driver of a car to lose concentration and cause devastating personal injuries or death to the pedestrian or bike rider. An unprotected pedestrian or bicycle rider is always at risk and will lose the battle against a 2,000 pound automobile.
If you sustain a personal injury caused by a car while you are walking or riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to have your medical bills and lost wages paid by your automobile insurance or the insurance by the person that caused the accident. This may be true even though you were not in a car at the time of the accident.
If you, or someone you know has been injured in an accident caused by a car while walking or riding a bicycle, our Orlando personal injury attorneys will go to work for you to obtain the compensation you or they deserve. Our Orlando pedestrian and bicycle rider injury attorneys have handled many accident injury cases involving pedestrians and bicycles. We would be honored to help you with your case. For a free case evaluation, or if you have any questions about Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents, please feel free to call us today at (407) 423-1313 or contact us online and we will answer any questions that you may have.