A 59-year-old woman hit a 52-year-old woman with her Chevrolet Equinox SUV on the Interstate 4 in Polk County, Florida on June 1. The victim, C.S., had been reported missing by her husband and died at the scene. C.S. was reportedly celebrating her birthday at the Reunion Resort in Orlando. Officials reported that the driver, N.S., was not speeding or impaired when she hit C.S. Sheriff's deputies believe that C.S. may have been hit by multiple vehicles and are continuing to investigate the crash. N.S. has not been charged with a crime.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents in the United States in 2010. 4,280 pedestrians died that year, and pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than people riding in cars to be killed in a crash on each trip. Adults over the age of 65, children and impaired pedestrians are at a greater risk for injury and death. Almost 50% of crashes involving a pedestrian involved either a driver or pedestrian who was impaired by alcohol. Additionally, higher speeds contributed to a greater number of pedestrian injuries and more severe injuries.
Were you or a loved one injured by a vehicle while you were walking? Sustaining injury due to an accident can have serious repercussions. We know that you may never work again and may face expensive medical bills, and our Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. With almost two decades of combined experience assisting injury victims, the legal team at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law is prepared to assist you in seeking justice. Take advantage of the free case evaluation to learn more about your rights options. For information about the fee contingency basis and client-centered approach to the law, contact the firm today!