SUVs Increasing Risk of Fatal Palm Beach Pedestrian Accidents
When it comes to being hit by a vehicle, size matters.
NBC News is reporting the popularity of trucks and SUVs is having a negative impact on traffic safety, especially when it comes to a pedestrian's ability to survive a collision. While the number of fatal pedestrian accidents has increased more than 50 percent in the last decade, the number of pedestrian fatalities involving SUVs has skyrocketed by more than 80 percent.
SUV v. pedestrian collisions are hard to survive for a number of reasons. The height of these vehicles makes it less likely a pedestrian will be thrown clear and more likely that a victim will be run over. The weight of a truck or SUV can also create a greater force at moment of impact, even at lower speeds. Thus, the laws of physics make it more likely victims will suffer broken bones and other serious injuries.
Negligence Claims in Pedestrian Accident Cases
Typically, some type of negligence will be alleged in a Florida personal injury or wrongful death claim following a pedestrian accident. Beyond proving negligence, your West Palm Beach pedestrian accident attorney's bigger challenge may be identifying insured defendants.
AAA recently reported Florida is among the nation's most dangerous states for fatal hit-and-run accidents. In nearly two-thirds of these cases, the victim was a bicyclist or pedestrian. Just recently, NBC5 in West Palm Beach reported a case in which an SUV driver was tracked down after a deadly hit-and-run pedestrian accident killed a man and injured his wife as they crossed the street.
As if the news wasn't already bad enough, the Insurance Information Institute reports Florida leads the nation when it comes to the percentage of drivers on the road without auto insurance. More than one-fourth of all drivers in Florida are uninsured.
UM/UIM Coverage Protects You After a Traffic Accident
Florida auto insurance law requires only $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 in property damage liability. Those carrying the legal minimum insurance will be wholly incapable of covering the costs of a serious or fatal accident. In fact, Florida's mandatory auto insurance law is among the weakest in the nation.
While many states require motorists to carry uninsured motorist (UM)/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, Florida is not among them. However, this is among the best types of insurance coverage you can buy for you and your family. This coverage will pay your damages if you are involved in an accident with an at-fault driver who is not identified, lacks insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover your losses, up to the policy limits. It will even cover accident losses if you are injured as a pedestrian, or while riding a bicycle.
Florida motorists face among the highest accident risks in the nation. Investing in adequate auto insurance is among the best things you can do to protect the financial well being of you and your family in the event of a serious traffic collision. In the event of a crash, contact David J. Glatthorn, P.A. for a free, confidential case evaluation.