A 67-year-old Orlando man struck by a sports utility vehicle while crossing West Colonial Drive recently died from his injuries two days after the pedestrian accident. Orlando police officers said a 2003 Ford Excursion driven by a 39-year-old Orlando woman struck the man as he crossed the eastbound lanes of Colonial Drive. The victim was rushed to a local hospital for treatment with severe head and internal injuries. Officials said this is the second fatal Orlando pedestrian accident so far in 2011.
Florida leads the nation in pedestrian accidents every year with most accidents occurring in large urban areas like Orlando. Negligent drivers who engage in risky behavior such as the following cause most of these pedestrian accidents:
• Talking on a cell phone and/or texting while driving
• Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Driving above the posted speed limit
• Driving too fast for conditions
• Disobeying traffic signals
• Failing to honor pedestrians’ right of way
Pedestrians don’t stand a chance when struck by a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds, and those who aren’t killed often suffer terrible injuries that change the course of their life forever. Many of these injuries take many days or weeks of hospital care, and victims end up with medical bills nearly as catastrophic as the injuries. Many times, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will contact the victim or his or her family a day or two after the accident has occurred and will offer a settlement in exchange for a signature on a few documents. They try to take advantage of the situation to get victims to settle for less than they need to pay for medical bills, provide for their families and replace lost income due to the accident.
If you or a close family member has suffered injury in a pedestrian accident, don’t sign anything without having it reviewed by an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney like James O. Cunningham. Since 1977, he has aggressively represented victims and helped them receive fair and just compensation for their injuries. If you have experienced injury in an accident and need effective legal representation, call Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000. Don’t sign away your right to seek damages! Call James O. Cunningham first!
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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