Pedestrian Accident – Woman at Bus Stop Dies After Car Veers Off Road, Running into Bus Stop
Earlier this month, a woman was killed as she was waiting for the bus at NW 35 Avenue and West Oakland Park Blvd. in Lauderdale Lakes. According to a story by CBS Miami, the car veered off the road, struck the woman as she was sitting on the bench waiting for the bus, and continued on until it hit an electrical pole a few hundred feet down the road. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she soon after died from the injuries she sustained. The driver of the car sustained minor injuries.
At this point, nothing has been released about why the car veered off the road. The possibility of drug or alcohol use has not been ruled out.
Pedestrian Accidents Are Fairly Common
Each year, thousands of pedestrians are killed by cars. In the year 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrian deaths due to auto accidents. Another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. While the number of pedestrian deaths is down from ten years ago, there is still an appreciable threat present to all pedestrians.
What You Can Do To Prevent Being a Victim of a Pedestrian Accident
There are a few things pedestrians can do to help reduce the chances that they will fall victim to an auto accident. First, pay attention. Although this sounds simple enough, it cannot be overstated. If you are always paying attention, and always assume that the driver does not see you, then you will be staying out of harm’s way most of the time.
Another tip is to stay on sidewalks and chose routes that have well-maintained sidewalks. The more you can stay out of the street, the better your odds are of avoiding an accident. While it is true that sometimes, like in the accident above, a car will veer off the road up onto the sidewalk, this is the rare case. Generally you are safe when on the sidewalk.
Next, consider taking public transit at night. If you have to walk when it is dark outside, make sure to wear brightly colored clothes to ensure that drivers can see you. A disproportionate amount of auto-pedestrian accidents occur in the nighttime hours. If you can stay off the roads during these especially dangerous hours, you will be reducing your chances of being struck by a car.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, as a pedestrian or as a driver, and you feel that the accident was caused by the other driver’s inattention, or negligent or reckless driving, you may be entitled to monetary damages. To find out what your rights are, you should speak with an experienced accident attorney to discuss the facts of your specific case. Click here to contact one of our South Florida accident attorneys. We can meet with you at your convenience to go over your case and help you determine what the best course of action is for you.
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