Pedestrian Accident – Woman at Bus Stop Dies After Car Veers Off Road, Running into Bus Stop

Pedestrian Accident – Woman at Bus Stop Dies After Car Veers Off Road, Running into Bus Stop

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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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Attorney Rafael A. Gonzalez received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, and B.A. in Political Science from Florida International University in Miami, Fl. As a member of the Florida Bar Association and Federal Bar, he is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts and the Federal Courts in the Southern District of Florida. He has also served as a pro hac vice counsel in the U.S. Federal Court in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mr. Gonzalez is very active in the South Florida community serving as a past volunteer with the Boys Scout of America along with various youth sports including baseball, football and soccer as a volunteer coach. His continue passion for and commitment to the youth of our community has led him to take a leading role as a board member and Communication Chairperson with Christian Homes for Children a faith based organization dedicated to bringing structure and stability to foster children in the State of Florida.

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