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Personal Injury

Pedestrian Accidents

In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes.

A pedestrian, as defined as any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash.

Almost one fifth of the children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

The trend toward walking, running, and exercising with earphones combined with significantly quieter cars have caused a significant problem for pedestrians, bicyclists, skate boarders and rollerbladers who are less able to hear vehicles approaching.

Important Safety Reminders
  • Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations. They need to be especially careful at intersections where the failure to yield right-of-way often occurs when drivers are turning onto another street and a pedestrian is in their path.

  • When possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk. Always stop and look left, right, and left again before crossing. If a parked vehicle is blocking the view of the street, stop at the edge line of the vehicle and look around it before entering the street.

  • Increase visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing that helps to highlight body movements.

  • It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
David J. Chesnut P. A. has helped injured people who have been hurt in areas such as the following:
  • Crosswalks
  • Parking lots
  • Residential streets
  • Parking ramps
  • Sidewalks
Contact David J. Chesnut P.A , When Experience Matters.

Florida Bike Accident Lawyer

Practice Bicycle Safety Every Time You Ride

As an avid cyclist for over 30 years, Attorney David Chesnut clearly sympathizes with his clients regarding their injuries. He has been in several cycling incidents, which have prevented him from riding for extended periods. He believes that an attorney who is a fellow cyclist can best argue damages regarding “loss of enjoyment of cycling.

Every year in the United States, bicycle-related deaths number about 900 and emergency rooms treat almost 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries, most to the head. Bike mishaps in the U.S. send more children to the ER than any other sport. Proper use of a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 88%.

In Florida, children under the age of 16 riding a bike or as a passenger on a bike are required by law to wear a helmet. FLORIDA TRAFFIC LAW HIGHLIGHTS - Bicycle Regulations (316.2065, F.S.)
  • A bicyclist must obey all traffic controls and signals.
  • A bicyclist must use a fixed, regular seat for riding.
  • No bicycle may be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped.
  • At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding.
  • Parents and guardians must not knowingly allow a child or minor ward to violate any provisions of this section.
  • Every bicycle must be equipped with a brake or brakes, which allow the rider to stop within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.
Crash Recovery Begins at the Crash Site
  1. Wear your helmet.
  2. If you have a cell phone, carry it with you for emergency use.
  3. Provide first aid as appropriate.
  4. Someone must have the presence of mind to obtain identification and contact information of all persons that were at the crash site.
  5. Do NOT rely on the law enforcement officials to obtain all the crash site information, especially witnesses information.
  6. Start your own documentation process immediately; write down everything even remotely related.
  7. Beware, the law enforcement team may not be unbiased in their handling of a bicycle crash incident.
  8. Keep the damaged equipment and clothing.
  9. Get prompt quality medical care for all injuries
  10. Medical records are your property; sign a release for the desired records before discharge, and take them with you.
Swift action on your injury claim can greatly increase your chances of success. Contact David J. Chesnut P.A , When Experience Matters. There is never a fee for a consultation.

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David J. Chesnut, P.A.
215 SW. Federal Hwy., #101
Stuart, FL 34994