Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Florida, and often when a car hits a bystander, the results are incredibly serious – even deadly.
Since 2009, pedestrian deaths have steadily increased. In fact, Florida is one of the top three states for fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accidents.
This May, a Pensacola man was killed when he did not use the crosswalk and was hit by a driver.
In late April, a man from New Port Richey was killed when he was walking in the center lane. The man was wearing dark clothes and the area was not lit, so the driver did not see him.
A hit-and-run accident in March killed a bicyclist in Pinellas Park, and a pedestrian in Tampa was killed in another hit-and-run accident.…
No accident is simple, especially if insurance companies or lawsuits are involved. Since there are so many car crashes in Florida every year, though, there is a lot of information out there about what to do after an auto accident and how PIP comes into play.
Pedestrian accidents are a little more complicated. The driver (probably) has insurance, but (obviously) the pedestrian wasn’t using a car when they were hit. So what happens next? Is there PIP for pedestrians? Sort of.
Pedestrians Can Use PIP for Accident Coverage
If you have personal injury protection and you are a Florida resident, you can still file a claim with your auto insurance after a pedestrian accident.…
If you’ve been following our blog, you may have become quite familiar with the dangers of distracted driving.
Florida certainly does have a serious problem when it comes to texting while driving and other distracted driving practices, but experts are increasingly concerned about a lesser known trend in our state—distracted walking.
Using data collected from emergency rooms across the nation, researchers found that the number of cases of serious distracted walking injuries rose 35 percent from 2010 to 2014. The federal Fatality Analysis Reporting system estimates that half a dozen pedestrian deaths a year are caused by portable electronic devices, such as phones, iPods, and other music players.
In an attempt to minimize the number of injuries and fatalities caused by distracted walking, lawmakers in some states—including Utah and New Jersey— have begun to introduce fines and other measures to discourage texting and walking.…