Archive for September, 2013

Teen Taken to Hospital After Pedestrian Accident

According to the Palm Beach Post, a young teenage girl was taken to the hospital in early September after she was involved in a pedestrian accident.  The incident occurred on Southwest 66th Avenue in Sandalfoot cove in the West Boca Raton area. 

The young girl’s condition remains unknown, but pedestrian crashes often result in serious injuries or even death. The hospital bill and other costs of treatment may be high if the girl was seriously injured, and it will be important for her and her family to understand their legal rights. A car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach is best able to ensure this family’s rights are protected.

Pedestrian Accidents Cause Serious Harm to Crash Victims

The recent pedestrian accident occurred early in the morning and rescue crews were called to the area by neighbors at approximately 6:30 a.m.  While pedestrian accidents can occur at any time, early morning is not the riskiest time for a walker. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that the majority of pedestrian accidents occur at night.

As the CDC reports:

  • Age plays a major role in determining the risk of a pedestrian crash.  Those over 65 and between the ages of five and nine are at the great risk. In fact, 11 percent of all pedestrians injured in 2010 were over the age of 65 at the time and almost one in five children ages five to nine who was killed in auto accidents was walking at the time of death.  Although her age has not yet been released, the Florida teen was older than the demographic of children at greatest risk. Of course, pedestrian accidents can happen to anyone of any age; young people and seniors are simply the most likely to be hit by a car.
  • Alcohol impairment on the part of either the driver or the pedestrian is also a major risk factor for pedestrian crashes.  The CDC reports that 33 percent of pedestrians involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit. In 47 percent of crashes in which a pedestrian died, alcohol was involved in some way. It is not yet clear in this recent case whether the driver was intoxicated.

The cause of the accident in Sandalfoot Cove is still under investigation.  Unfortunately, this accident is one of thousands that occur every single year. In 2010 alone, 4,280 pedestrians lost their lives in fatal pedestrian accidents and another 70,000 pedestrians suffered injury.  These figures mean that an average of one pedestrian is killed every two hours and one pedestrian is injured every eight minutes.  Pedestrians are also one-and-a-half times as likely to be killed in a car crash per trip when compared with occupants of passenger cars.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact a car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., at (800) 608-2965 for a free case consultation.