Daytona Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Florida Bicycle and Scooter Injury Lawyer
U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that during the last decade more than 63,000 pedestrians died and more than a million others were injured in pedestrian-vehicle crashes and more than 8,000 bicyclists died and 700,000 were injured in motor vehicle-related crashes. More than one-third of all bicycle fatalities involve riders 5 to 20 years old and 41% of nonfatal injuries occur to children under the age of 15. In the last few years, there has been a huge increase in the number of injuries related to foot-powered and motorized scooters, rollerblades, skates and skateboards. More than 40,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving scooter accidents last year. Although the scooters are recommended for riders over 16 years of age, 85% of the injuries were children younger than 15. The most common injuries were broken hands and arms.
The statistics tell the story of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and others who may not have been paying attention to their environment.
Accidents involving a pedestrian, bicyclist skater or scooter-rider and an automobile often result in very severe injuries, or sadly, sometimes death. The significant force and weight of a vehicle is no match for the individual who lacks the protection of a metal shell.
Strict time limits apply when seeking compensation for a motor vehicle accident, whether you are a driver, passenger, or pedestrian. You should seek medical attention immediately and this should be followed by legal advice as soon as possible.