Orlando police report that a pedestrian was struck and killed recently while attempting to cross Colonial Drive near John Young Parkway. Police say that their investigation is ongoing but report that the accident occurred shortly after midnight when a grey Toyota passenger car traveling eastbound on Colonial Drive towards downtown Orlando collided with a man; age and address unknown. The victim was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
Investigating officers say that the driver, whose name, age and address have not been released, remained at the accident site and cooperated with police. Although police say that they have not yet concluded their investigation, they believe that the driver is not at fault for the accident and that the victim may have attempted to cross Colonial Drive without having the right-of-way.
If police determine that the victim did not have the right-of-way and was at fault for crossing the accident, this is unusual, as negligent drivers are at fault for the vast majority of pedestrian accidents in Florida. According to the Orlando Sentinel, at least 50 pedestrians were struck and killed by automobiles in 2013, reinforcing our area’s reputation for being the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrian accidents. In fact, Florida cities occupy the four top spots for pedestrian accidents in the U.S. each year. The list includes:
- Tampa-St. Petersburg
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale
- Riverside, Calif.
- Las Vegas
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Dallas-Fort Worth
If you are struck and injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you have a right to seek damages to compensate you for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. Insurance companies know this and often try to get victims to accept a modest payment in exchange for their signature on some documents. Before you sign anything offered by the driver, their insurer or another representative, have the documents checked by an Orlando personal injury lawyer such as James O. Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham has been protecting the rights of injured people since 1977 and gives each client and their case the individual attention they deserve. If you would like to speak with an Orlando pedestrian accident attorney who handles each aspect of his clients’ cases personally, call Mr. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) and schedule a free consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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