This is a very sad story to report from Orlando where one of two sisters crossing Alafaya Trail has died after both were hit by vehicles when crossing against the busy flow of traffic Thursday night, December 23. The Orlando Sentinel reports the first car, an orange Jeep SUV, struck the two about 7 p.m. at a crosswalk near the University of Central Florida as they were crossing from the west to the east side of Alafaya Trail. Then a second northbound Toyota Solara hit the 11-year-old, who died at the scene. Her 17-year-old sister was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is reported to be in critical condition. Law enforcement reports that neither drugs nor alcohol showed up for either driver and the girls were not in the crosswalk, so traffic had the right-of-way when the girls were hit.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the younger sister who has passed, and our prayers are for a full recovery of her older sister.
Pedestrians in Florida
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that up to 5,000 deaths occur each year when a pedestrian is struck by a moving vehicle. In 2009, there were 482 pedestrian fatalities in Florida, and 7,676 injuries. In Orange County, there were 32 pedestrian fatalities in 2009, a sharp jump from 28 deaths in 2009. In 2007, there were 40 fatalities.
During more than 25 years of legal practice, the Orlando accident attorneys at Farah & Farah have represented many pedestrians who were injured in collisions with motor vehicles, often through no fault of their own. We have established an excellent reputation for gathering millions of dollars in settlements in favor of our clients who rely on us to investigate the particulars of their case and fully represent them to the best of our ability. You may be facing a deadline within which to file a claim, so speak to any of our experienced attorneys as soon as you can.