Pedestrian Accidents

School is Back in Session Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Accidents involving students are rare but they can change their lives and those of their families says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a parent. The kids are finally out of the house and going to school. They will be getting there on foot, in a school bus or driving them there will become part of your morning routine again. No matter how they get there, they need to get to school and come home safely says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

School bus accidents are rare, according to USA Today, but they happen. It’s estimated that from 2004 to 2013 there were a total of 340,039 fatal vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of those accidents 1,214, involved school transportation vehicles bringing students to or from school or some school related activity.

NHTSA states about 134 people are killed in school vehicle related accidents annually. About 8% are riding in the vehicles and pedestrians, bicyclists and others outside them count for about 21% of fatalities. Most of those killed are in other vehicles. NHTSA estimates that students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely riding in a school bus than in a passenger vehicle.

Like anyone else travelling on Florida’s roads students can be injured or killed by negligent drivers,

  • In Miami earlier this month several children were taken to a hospital after their school van rolled over after a collision, reports CBS Miami. They were coming home after their first day of school at Terra Environmental Research Institute, a school in Kendall. Police report the van was heading eastbound on 182nd Street when it was struck by a car going southbound on SW 105th Avenue. Six students and the car’s driver went to the hospital.
  • An accident involving a Sarasota County school bus and two other vehicles injured 16 people with eleven of them going to the hospital, according to WTSP. The bus carried a dozen students, an aide and the driver. Another vehicle tried to take a left turn and went into the path of the bus, hitting the front right side of the bus, pushing it into a traffic signal pole. The students were from a school for those with special needs. Of the eleven sent to the hospital, seven were students and four were adults. The driver of the car was cited by the Florida Highway Patrol for failing to yield the right of way according to WWSB.
  • A 12 year old boy was struck by a car while he was walking to school in Jacksonville in March, reports Action News Jax. He later died at a local hospital. Hunter Cope was one of three students crossing an intersection. The police report states Cope was in the crosswalk when the car went through the intersection on a yellow light. Police report they believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time. News4Jax reports the driver had ten citations on her driving record including five for speeding.

As important as it is to learn in school, it’s more important that children get to and from school safely. If your child has been injured in a car accident or as a pedestrian going to or coming home from school, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Drivers Backing Up Need to Use Caution Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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A driver going in reverse can be responsible for injuries or deaths caused by an accident if negligence can be shown says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

A vehicle going in reverse is potentially very dangerous because it may cause an accident with another vehicle or strike a pedestrian. Vehicles are built to go forward and visibility out the back may not be good and passengers or cargo may block the view. We also go into reverse in potentially dangerous situations: crowded parking lots and out of driveways (possibly crossing sidewalks) into streets. No matter which direction a vehicle is moving the driver has a responsibility to drive safely says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that between 2002 and 2006 there were 48,000 injuries nationwide due to accidents involving all types of vehicles backing up on public roads and private property such as driveways and parking lots. These accidents also caused an estimated 463 deaths.

There are all too many instances of serious injuries and deaths involving vehicles going in reverse.

  • A two year old boy was killed in July after he was struck by an SUV driven by his grandmother who was backing out of a driveway in Fontana, California, reports the Los Angeles Times. A police officer at the scene told the Times, “It’s one of the worst calls you can go to.” Police report the child went behind the vehicle without anyone seeing him. A neighbor who works as a nurse tried to use CPR to revive the child but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Another two year old boy was killed in June in Jacksonville after being struck by a vehicle backing up, driven by his mother, according to WJXT, in an apartment complex parking lot. He survived the collision but died hours later at a hospital. The boy’s mother was visiting his grandmother and asked her to watch her two small children while she went to the store. The two year old left the apartment without his grandmother realizing it and was behind the vehicle when his mother backed out of a parking spot.
  • A Virginia volunteer firefighter was killed when he was struck by a firetruck going in reverse at the scene of a vehicle accident in May, reports WSLS.
  • The Florida Highway Patrol stated that a 59 year old Panama City resident and Bay County Road and Bridges worker was killed in a worksite accident in Fountain in February. He was part of a work crew doing street maintenance when he was struck and killed by a dump truck that was backing up, according to WJHG. The worker was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Under Florida statute, “The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic.” Violation of the law is considered a moving violation and you may be ticketed if law enforcement finds you were going in reverse in a dangerous manner. In a personal injury case if the driver is cited for violating this law it can be used as evidence of negligence and can greatly help the case.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident or as a pedestrian by a vehicle going in reverse, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Pedestrian Struck Off the Road Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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About 10% of all pedestrian accidents occur off roadways and highways, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Pedestrian accidents often involve people walking across streets and into the path of negligent drivers, but not always. Many pedestrians walking along the side of the road are struck by vehicles driven by those who are distracted, intoxicated, fatigued or simply not paying attention. Unfortunately, Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says, just because you’re not in the road doesn’t mean you’re out of danger from a negligent driver.

One example is what happened in Englewood last month, according to WWSB. Maria Blanco-Taha was walking her dog in the grass along the side of Headley Road, facing oncoming traffic, when she was struck by a car driven by Kyle Dilley. He was reaching into the back seat of his car when he lost control of it, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Blanco-Taha was taken to a hospital where she later died of her injuries. Dilley’s been charged with careless driving.

About 10% of all accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians happen off streets and highways, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency estimates that in 2013 4,735 pedestrians were killed in accidents involving vehicles on or near a public roadway (not counting in parking lots and driveways) and another estimated 66,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes across the country.

On average that year a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in vehicle accidents. If NHTSA estimates are correct that means about 470 pedestrians were killed and 6,600 injured in accidents that didn’t occur on a roadway.

Florida is an especially bad state when it comes to pedestrian accidents. In 2013 NHTSA states that,

  • In Florida there were a total of 2,407 fatal accidents, 501 of them involving pedestrians. Florida was second only to California in number of pedestrian accidents. It was also second behind Delaware in the pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 residents.
  • State percentages of pedestrian fatalities compared to total traffic fatalities ranged from a low of 0.7% (North Dakota) to a high of 45% (District of Columbia) while the national average was 14.5%. Florida was 20.8%.

Nearly three-quarters of all pedestrian accident fatalities occurred in urban areas in 2013. In NHTSA’s list of cities with a population greater than 500,000 people Jacksonville ranked as the biggest Florida city at number 13 with a population of 835,508. It had a total of 33 pedestrian fatalities.

  • Slightly smaller San Francisco had 18 and slightly larger Indianapolis had 20.
  • Philadelphia is nearly twice the size of Jacksonville but had only three more pedestrian fatalities.
  • Chicago, more than three times the size of Jacksonville, had less pedestrian fatalities with 27.

If you’re walking you need to be vigilant of the traffic that’s near you. Face oncoming traffic so if it appears a vehicle may leave the roadway and towards you, you may have a chance to try to avoid it. Be especially careful when walking across driveways, entrances and exits to parking lots. Drivers may be more focused on reaching their destination than noticing pedestrians in their way.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury as a pedestrian in an accident caused by a vehicle, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Boca Pedestrian Accident Attorney Says Watch Out for Pedestrians at All Times

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With Florida’s population booming, along with the rest of the country, conflicts with pedestrians seem inevitable says Boca pedestrian accident attorney Joe Osborne.

I know when I am walking the street with other people I hear others joke around and say, “I wish they would hit me.” It feels like many pedestrians taunt drivers to hit them. With all the distractions that plague drivers in today’s world, the odds of having an accident or hitting a pedestrian are high. One problem with that though is that if you get struck by a car the injuries might be too much to overcome, and you might be at fault when the dust settles says Boca pedestrian accident attorneyJoe Osborne.

The rules of the road do favor pedestrians for reasons such as that they have much more to lose. With that said drivers are often courteous when it comes to letting a pedestrian cross the street. Reasons where I believe drivers get in trouble are often when they aren’t paying attention or they might be in a rush. Unfortunately, most Americans are always in a hurry.

Pedestrians are supposed to follow traffic safety lights, wait for signals, and use walkways, and crosswalks. If a pedestrian follows these particular rules they should remain safe, although you can never account for human error.

Judge Anthony Calisi of the Dallas area goes on to elaborate that pedestrian accidents caused by a motorist are caused by “the failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to obey the speed limit, intoxication, and even failure of car equipment.” Furthermore, reasons where the pedestrian is at fault are when they jaywalk, walk through a high-speed area, walk while intoxicated and stray from the marked areas of safe passage. Top rated personal injury attorney Joe Osborne also educates that each of these situations varies in the total amount of fault placed on each party. Each state’s rules and regulations also play a part in each case.

In my home state of Florida, the Census Bureau reports that “Florida is the third most populated state in the country”. With a state populated by more than 20.6 million people and the bad reputation of Florida drivers, the increase of pedestrian accidents and deaths will only rise says Florida top personal injury lawyer Joe Osborne. Likewise, with the country as a whole having over 320 million people, compounded by extremely populated urban areas, there won’t be a shortage of personal injury claims. Fortunately the proper legal assistance is only one call away.

If you or a family member have been injured in a pedestrian accident or vehicle accident in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach Counties and have any questions about accident law, contact Boca pedestrian accident attorney Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. We can talk about the situation, how the law could apply in your case and the best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.