Pedestrian Wrongful Death
If you are coping with the loss of a loved one, understanding your legal rights is an important step in the recovery process. You and your family deserve full and fair compensation, and you deserve to know that the driver or other party responsible for your loved one’s death is being held accountable.
At the Babiarz Law Firm, PA, we provide experienced and compassionate legal representation for grieving families in wrongful death cases involving pedestrian accidents. With offices in The Villages, we serve clients throughout Central Florida, including Ocala, Lady Lake, Bushnell, Wildwood; and Summerfield. We also represent families living in other states who have lost retired family members living in The Villages and the surrounding areas. If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident and would like to speak with a legal professional, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation today.
Florida Leads the Nation in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents -- What This Means for The Villages Residents
Florida has led the nation in fatal pedestrian accidents for several years. According to recent statistics, more than 10 percent of all pedestrian deaths over the last 10 years have occurred in Florida. The data also suggest that pedestrian fatalities in Florida are on the rise.
Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of pedestrian accident victims are seniors. As published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), senior citizens “although struck less frequently than children, are more likely to die after being struck … [T]he pedestrian death rate among those 70 and older [is] nearly twice the death rate for those younger than 70.” This means that many residents of The Villages and neighboring retirement communities are among those who are at the greatest risk for suffering life-threatening injuries in pedestrian accidents.
Common Factors in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
As with other types of automobile accidents, accidents involving pedestrians can result from many factors. The key to securing financial compensation is to identify the cause of the accident and the party (or parties) that deserve to be held accountable. At the Babiarz Law Firm, PA, our hand-picked team includes a highly experienced investigator/case manager who is always on staff. This gives our firm a unique advantage, allowing us quickly to collect the evidence needed to pursue our clients’ claims before it disappears.
Fatal pedestrian accidents in and around The Villages frequently involve causes such as:
- Commercial driver errors
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving (cell phone use and texting)
- Inattentive driving (failing to look for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections)
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Speeding to “beat” a yellow light
A vehicle does not have to be traveling fast to cause fatal injuries -- data from the IIHS shows that most fatal pedestrian accidents occur on roads with speed limits below 40 mph. In addition, a driver does not have to be speeding in order to be liable for negligence. Regardless of the circumstances involved, if you lost a loved one in a pedestrian wrongful death accident in Central Florida, our team will work hard to recover the compensation your family deserves.
Lost a Loved One in a Pedestrian Wrongful Death Accident? Contact Tim Babiarz to Discuss Your Rights
If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident and believe another’s negligence was a contributing factor, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about the steps involved in pursuing a pedestrian wrongful death claim, contact The Villages wrongful death attorney at our firm to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation. We represent clients in The Villages, Ocala, Leesburg and throughout Marion County, Sumter County, Lake County; and Central Florida. You can call us at (352) 205-7599 or send us a message online and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.