The wrongful death attorneys in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah have learned that so far in 2012, nine bicyclists and 28 pedestrians have lost their lives on Jacksonville’s roads and highways.
First Coast News cast a light on a recent pedestrian accident in which an 18-year-old woman was hit while crossing San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. Recovering from two broken ribs, two fractures in her cheek, and a broken clavicle, she considers herself lucky to be alive.
She told First Coast that pedestrians, as well as drivers, should be more aware of their surroundings. “People need to pay more attention when they are driving and people need to pay more attention when they are crossing streets, too … you are a pedestrian, you have the right of way, but there are going to be those people who are not paying attention.”
Florida has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians and cyclists. In 2008, the Sunshine State had the highest number of pedestrian deaths in the nation, with 487 people killed. In 2011, Transportation for America issued a report in which Florida metro areas occupied the top four most dangerous places for pedestrians in the United States. Jacksonville ranked third with a death toll of 342 pedestrian deaths between 2000 and 2009.
While the reasons for the high injury and death rates for pedestrians and bicyclists vary – poorly designed sidewalks or no sidewalks at all, high tourism, and massive population growth, to name a few – many of these bicycle and pedestrian accidents are caused by inattentive, negligent, or distracted motorists who are not taking their driving responsibilities seriously.
The law firm of Farah & Farah is dedicated to seeking justice for pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured in accidents that were not their fault. We also pledge to fight tirelessly for those who have tragically lost a family member due to another person’s negligence. If you believe you have a case, call us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online for a free consultation.