If you trip and fall on someone else’s property because a dangerous condition existed, such as, for example, a wet substance, the property owner should be liable for your injuries. At least, that’s the basic idea behind premises liability. But the ability to show a business owner is liable for your injuries may actually hinge on where the dangerous condition was, and whether you had permission to be in the area you fell. Our Miami premises liability attorneys are prepared to help you recover compensation for your injuries.

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Premises Liability and Trespassing

We’ve all been in the situation where we are in a store, hospital, or someone’s house, and had full permission to be there. But that doesn’t mean you have permission to be just anywhere on on the premises. What if you are in, for example, a grocery store, and you fall and injure yourself in the stockroom? Were you allowed to be there? What if the door to the stock room is open? What if an employee expressly tells you to go into the stockroom to find an item? What if you go into the stockroom and then venture into the employee lounge and fall there?

These seemingly silly questions get to the heart of what your status is on someone’s premises. Being somewhere you don’t have permission to be makes you a trespasser, even if you have permission to be in the store itself. Florida law does not require a business owner to warn trespassers of anything other than known, concealed dangers. That’s a high standard—recovering damages as a trespasser is a very difficult threshold. In fact, many states have enacted laws making it almost impossible to sue if you’re injured as a trespasser.

You can go from being an invited customer to a trespasser simply by walking from an area you are allowed to be (the food aisles) into an area you are not supposed to be (the stockroom). Making matters more difficult, as illustrated by our hypothetical questions, sometimes it isn’t so easy to tell where you’re allowed to be.

This was the situation in one Florida case, Denniser v. Columbia Hosp. Corp. of South Broward. In Denniser, a relative was staying with a sick family member in the hospital. The relative was there for many hours, and wandered into an unlocked employee break room, where she fell on a wet substance. The court held that although she had a right to be in the hospital, she had no right to be in the break room. Just like that, she had gone from a guest owed a duty of care by the hospital, to a simple trespasser, with a burden at trial which will be very difficult to prove.

Be Careful and Contact an Attorney

Always be careful when venturing “off the beaten path” when you are in a business. Don’t assume that there will be signs or barriers preventing you from walking in areas you aren’t allowed to walk. Asking permission from an employee to walk somewhere you are unsure of can help you avoid being considered a trespasser.

If you have suffered an injury due to a fall, don’t wonder about your rights or what burden will have to be proven to find liability. Talk to the Miami personal injury attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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A recent article from Forbes discussed the topic of medical malpractice lawsuits, particularly, how the motivation in filing a malpractice lawsuit is not always about a monetary damage award. Although many areas of personal injury law have emotional aspects to them which go beyond monetary awards, medical malpractice lawsuits and the emotion involved in them can be especially motivated by more than simply a damage award. It is critical to secure the services of a skilled Miami malpractice attorney to succeed in your case.

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Recent Case of Malpractice

The Forbes article discussed a daughter whose mother was in a hospital. The mother was not doing well, and the patient’s daughter called the treating doctor to change medications. She was met with a refusal to even respond, with the treating doctor saying that it was a weekend and he needed a break. The mother eventually did survive, but the daughter, upset with the standard of care, and wanting to effect a change, opted to file a formal complaint with the governing medical board as opposed to filing a lawsuit.

We often hear politicians saying that medical malpractice lawsuits are expensive and something to avoid. But unfortunately, as the Forbes article further points out, other alternatives to malpractice lawsuits—such as registering complaints with governing agencies or boards that regulate medical professionals—often go nowhere. The fact is that often, a lawsuit is the only avenue that that really gets anyone’s attention or motivates any type of systemic change.

Victims Seek More Than Monetary Damages

Victims of malpractice often are not just seeking compensation, but also seek change or reform. A malpractice victim may sue with the hope that the suit may bring to light a problem in the medical system. One famous case that made such changes is the Libby Zion law, a law in New York which limits the hours medical residents can work. The law was enacted after a lawsuit was filed when a medical intern, deprived of sleep, made a medical error leading to the death of a patient.

Certainly, lawsuits don’t solve every problem, and there is nothing a judge or jury can do to compel a doctor or medical facility to change its ways. Those who have been malpractice victims, or who have had family members who were victims, should keep in mind that litigation will require them to relive what may be bad memories, and may prevent them from putting the event behind them. And in the end, there is usually no obvious “punishment” other than a significant money award.

Still, for those aggrieved by malpractice, a lawsuit is their chance to face those who may have wronged them, and to hold medical providers responsible. And large damage awards do tend to effect change, be it through discipline of offending treaters, or changes in policy or procedure.

Contact Our Attorneys

If you think you have been a victim of medical malpractice, don’t wait to seek help. Malpractice suits have short timeframes in which a lawsuit can be brought, and medical malpractice is a specialized area of personal injury law. Talk to the Miami injury attorneys of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Our Miami nursing home abuse attorneys have previously discussed unfortunate incidents in which elderly individuals were the victims of nursing home abuse and/or neglect. In August, we discussed a case in which a Florida jury awarded more than $1.1 billion to the son of a woman who had suffered abuse at the hands of a negligent Polk County nursing home.  Apparently, that was not the first time the operators of that nursing home were under fire for such misconduct as a different Polk County jury awarded a $114 million verdict against the companies in another nursing home abuse case.

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Falls Can Be a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury death and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in adults over 65. Further, the CDC estimates that 20-30% of falls result in moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas, and are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.

Perhaps most disturbing are the statistics on the frequency of falls occurring in nursing homes. According to the CDC, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls every year, however, many falls go unreported. Somewhere between 50-75% of nursing home residents experience a fall each year, more than double the rate of falls for adults over 65 living outside nursing homes. Many patients fall more than once with the average at 2.6 falls per person annually.

Despite these alarming statistics, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a bill that shields the owners, investors, managers and other employees and individuals of nursing homes from liability for their failure to protect, and to ensure the well-being and rights of home residents. S.B. 670 does several things, including:

  • Prohibiting “passive investors” from being named as defendants in lawsuits against nursing homes. A passive investor is an “an individual or entity that has an interest in a facility but does not participate in the decision making or operations of the facility”; and
  • Requiring plaintiffs seeking punitive damages to demonstrate upfront, before trial, that there is reasonable basis for recovery of such damages. A judge would make such a determination before hearing the full weight the evidence during a trial.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is an ongoing issue throughout Florida. The Florida Health Care Association estimates that about 72,000 elders rely on nursing homes for long-term care. Nursing homes have duty to their residents to ensure that there are sufficient measures in place to prevent falls and adequate staff to supervise patients. A nursing home’s failure to satisfy these obligations may render them liable for any resulting injuries.

Contact an Attorney Today

The Miami elder abuse attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. have decades of experience handling matters involving nursing home abuse. If you believe that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or as been harmed or injured due to negligence of a nursing home, contact the Miami elder neglect attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. today.

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Over the last year, our Miami personal injury lawyers have discussed the dangers associated with bicycling in Florida. Last September, 24-year-old bicyclist Jacob Landis was severely injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle in the final leg of a cross-country cycling trip in Polk County, Florida. In October, a young couple, Rob Lemon and Hilary Michalak, died after being struck by a motorist while riding their tandem bike on the Memorial Causeway in Clearwater, Florida.

Florida a Dangerous Place for Cyclists

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According to report by the NHTSA found that Florida’s bicyclist fatality rate consistently exceeded that of the rest of the United States and often ranked highest among the states. In 2011, Florida bicycle fatality rates were almost triple the national average, and, between 2010 and 2011, the bicycle fatality rate increased from 0.40 fatalities per 100,000 persons, to 0.63. In the same year, Florida made up only six percent of the U.S. population in 2011, but accounted for 17.4 percent of all U.S. bicycle fatalities.

Now, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Public Health, the number of traumatic brain injuries related to bicycling accidents has dramatically increased over the last several years and is expected to continue doing so.  The cause of the increase? Bike-sharing programs that have become increasingly popular across the country, including south Florida. Researchers that conducted the study poured through data on serious brain injury treatments in trauma centers located in five cities, including Miami Beach, twelve months before and after bike-sharing programs were implemented.

The study concluded that bike-sharing programs are associated with a nearly fifteen percent (15%) increase in the risk of bicycle-related head injuries, while in control cities (those without such programs) there was no increase in bicycle head injuries. The study, published in the latest issue of American Journal of Public Health, unfortunately confirms the fears of public health officials and bicycle safety advocates.

Researchers that participated in the study believe the cause of such an increase in head injuries is the fact that many bike-sharing programs don’t provide helmets to riders. According to Janessa Graves, lead author of the study, “The study basically confirmed our worries. Public bike-share initiatives are great wellness initiatives…[b]ut without providing helmets, we were concerned that we would see an increase in head injuries. And we did.” Many states have enacted helmet requirement laws for motorcycle riders, but have been reluctant to extend such mandates to bicyclists.

With ever-increasing traffic congestion and the tendency of Florida residents to ride bicycles or walk where they need to go, bicyclists are at greater risk than ever for being injured or killed in a traffic accident. If you, your family or friends have been involved an accident in which you sustained injuries, you may need legal representation to protect your right to compensation.

The Miami bicycle accident attorneys of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured while riding a bike.  If you or someone you know has been injured in automobile accident, contact the Miami injury attorneys of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. today.

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As our Miami injury attorneys have discussed before, although swimming can be a great way to relax on a hot summer day, it is important for people appreciate the risks associated with this activity, especially for children. These hazards have been highlighted by a recent incident in which twin toddlers drowned in a swimming pool accident at a Deerfield Beach apartment complex.

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Tragic Accident Involving Twins

Harmani and Harmony West, both just two years old, drowned in the pool of Tivoli Park, the apartment complex where they lived with their mother. According to authorities, the girls were found floating in the pool by a couple visiting from North Carolina. Efforts were made to resuscitate the children, who were immediately taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead. Preliminary investigation revealed that the pool area was gated, but the lock on the gate was broken, allowing the girls to access the pool area.

The risks associated with swimming are especially high for children, especially when they are inadequately supervised or permitted to swim without appropriate safety equipment. According to statistics published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, drowning is the second leading cause of death among children aged one to nineteen, with over a thousand such children drowning every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in 2010, 437 children between the ages of one and four died in unintentional drowning accidents, making it the leading cause of death in that age group, followed by motor vehicle accidents accounting for only 343 deaths.

Premises Liability and Swimming Pool Accidents

As this blog has discussed on several occasions, premises liability is a legal term that references a property owner’s duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. Owners and operators of private pools and breaches are no different, and owe certain duties to guests of their property.  With regard to children, the duty of pool owners is established by statute.

Passed in 2009, Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires that all outdoor swimming pools have a 4-foot fence or other barrier around the outer perimeter of the pool, with no gaps in coverage. The Act also requires that the fence be far enough away from the pool’s edge that a child who finds a way into the guarded area will not immediately fall into the pool. Finally, the Act mandates that the entrance to the pool area must open outward and be equipped with a self-closing and self-locking device that is beyond the reach of a child.

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of the dangerous condition of a pool or lake, it is important that you discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to determine the merit and value of your claim, as well as to preserve any favorable evidence. The Miami injury lawyers of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by the negligent actions or omissions of property owners.  If you have been injured on the premises of another, or know someone that has, contact the Miami premises liability attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. today.

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Last year, this blog discussed the unfortunate death of two Brevard County teens Rachel Price and Jamaree Cook, who were killed when Price’s vehicle collided with a pickup truck being operated an intoxicated driver. In response to that incident, our Florida car accident attorneys examined a State law allowing a person that has been injured or killed in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver to recover punitive as well as compensatory damages.

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That law, codified at Section 768.72 of The Florida Statutes, states that plaintiffs in civil actions are precluded from recovering punitive damages unless there is a “reasonable showing by evidence” that provides a “reasonable basis for recovery of such damages.” This standard is more specifically delineated in Florida’s pattern jury instructions which state that punitive damages may be warranted if a jury finds by the greater weight of the evidence that the defendant’s conduct that caused the injury to the plaintiff was:

  1. Gross and flagrant as to show a reckless disregard of human life or of the safety of persons;
  2. Showed such an entire lack of care that the defendant must have been consciously indifferent to the consequences;
  3. Showed an entire lack of care that the defendant must have wantonly or recklessly disregarded the safety and welfare of the public; and
  4. Showed such reckless indifference to the rights of others as to be equivalent to an intentional violation of those rights.

Further, the Florida Supreme Court has held thatpunitive damages are appropriate in cases where “negligence is coupled with intoxication.” Ingram v. Pettit (1976), 340 So. 2d 922.

Last month, an Okeechobee, Florida jury went a little further, awarding a Sanford man over $11 million in damages in a civil lawsuit against the Okeechobee Eagles Aerie #4137. In Wilde v. Okeechobee Aerie 4137, the plaintiff alleged that the Eagles’ bartenders “grossly overserved” a 72-year-old patron, to the point that he was severely intoxicated.

The plaintiff further alleged that he was permanently disabled after the patron left the club in his truck, and ended up crashing into the motorcyclist. By the time a blood draw was conducted on the driver, his blood-alcohol level measured 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. The driver was not insured and had no assets, so the motorcyclist sued the Eagle’s club, alleging that the bartenders were negligent in serving the patron so much alcohol.

Florida Statute 768.125 states that a person who either unlawfully sells or furnishes alcohol to a minor who later crashes a car and hurts someone can be held liable. However, this liability may be extended to any person or entity that continues to serve of-age patrons despite knowledge that the person is habitually addicted to alcohol.

The motor vehicle accident attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by negligent or reckless drivers. If you or someone you know has been injured in automobile accident, contact the Florida car accident attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. today.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared the month of May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, in an effort to encourage motorists to be mindful of motorcyclists while simultaneously encouraging motorcycle safety. Our Miami motorcycle accident attorneys wish everyone in the state to exercise safety when going out for a ride.

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According to NHTSA statistics, in 2012, 4,927 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a continued increase from 4,630 in 2011. The 2011 deaths accounted for 15 percent of the total highway fatalities that year, despite motorcyclists representing only 3 percent of all vehicles on America’s roads.

As this blog has discussed before, motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous due to the limited amount of protection they provide to riders compared to more traditional modes of transportation such as cars and trucks. Motorcycles are also far less visible in traffic than cars, resulting in an increased risk accident. One report concluded that the risk of a motorcyclists’ likelihood of being killed in a traffic accident is sixteen times that of the driver of an automobile.

Due to its warm weather and beautiful scenery, Florida draws a large number of motorcyclists to its roads annually, which inevitably leads to increase in motorcycle accidents. According to the NHTSA, approximately 82,000 motorists experienced some injury due to a motorcycle crash in 2011, and motorcycle fatalities accounted for 17.0% of all traffic fatalities in the Florida and 18.8% of all traffic fatalities were motorcyclists and their passengers. Further, approximately 80% of motorcycle crashes occurring in Florida result in an injury or death.

The NHTSA has offered the following tips to drivers on how to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:

  • Motorcyclists have all the rights of the road as any other motorist and should be allowed the full width of a lane at all times.
  • Be careful of a motorcyclist with a turn signal on, as motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
  • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially when travelling through intersections.
  • Always allow more follow distance , as much as three to four seconds, when following a motorcycle.

The NHTSA also offered the following advice for motorcyclists:

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
  • Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
  • Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
  • Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
  • Never ride distracted or impaired.

IIf you, your family or friends have been involved an accident in which you sustained injuries at the hands of a negligent driver, you may need legal representation to protect your right to compensation.  The Miami accident attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured in motorcycle accidents.  If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. today.

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Late last month, our Miami car accident attorneys discussed another unfortunate accident in which thirty-six year-old woman Keythe Perez was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing Palm Beach Boulevard in Fort Myers, Florida. The incident marked the sixth pedestrian killed in Lee County since the beginning of the year, and the fifth in a little more than a month.

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In response to the growing number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians, Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to researching ways in which to improve America’s neighborhoods, commissioned a study, entitled “Dangerous by Design,” to look at where pedestrian fatalities happen and who’s most at risk in every U.S. county, metro area, and state.

According to the report, in the decade from 2003 through 2012, 47,025 people died while walking on our streets, representing 12.3 percent of total traffic deaths. During the same period, 676,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents, or one every approximately eight minutes.

Regionally, the study found that Sunbelt communities topped the list of most dangerous regions because they have developed rapidly, with many low-density neighborhoods that are overly dependent on extra wide, fast roadways to connect homes, schools, jobs and shops. Because such roads tend not to have facilities needed for safe pedestrian travel, such as sidewalks, they pose a greater risk of injury to pedestrians.

In Florida, 5,189 people were killed while walking between 2003 and 2012, representing 17.7% of the 29,302 traffic-related fatalities in the state during this period. 63.3% of pedestrians were killed on arterial roads, which are designed and operated to maximize traffic, with little or no consideration for pedestrian safety and comfort.

In order to compare the relative safety of walking in various locations, the report developed a measurement called the Pedestrian Danger Index (“PDI”) to give an indication of the likelihood of a person on foot being hit by a vehicle and killed. The PDI was based on the share of local commuters who walk to work and the most recent five years of data on pedestrian fatalities.

Florida’s overall PDI was calculated at 168.65, placing it first nationally. Metro Orlando topped the list of most dangerous areas to walk in 2014, followed closely by Tampa–St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Miami. The Orlando region had a PDI for 2003–2012 of 244.28, four times higher than the national PDI of 52.2. From 2003 to 2010, pedestrian fatalities include 233 children under 16 and 960 adults aged 65 or older.

With ever-increasing traffic congestion and the tendency of Florida residents to ride bicycles or walk where they need to go, bicyclists and pedestrians are at greater risk than ever for being injured or killed in a traffic accident. If you, your family or friends have been involved an accident in which you sustained injuries, you may need legal representation to protect your right to compensation.

The Miami accident attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by motor vehicles.  If you or someone you know has been injured in accident, contact the Miami accident lawyers of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. today.

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As the weather continues to heat up, many Florida residents are heading to their local pools and beaches to cool off. Although swimming can be a great way to relax on a hot day, it is important that the risks associated with this activity are fully appreciated, and that anyone injured in a swimming accident contact a Miami personal injury attorney immediately.

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The risks associated with swimming are especially high for children, especially when they are inadequately supervised or permitted to swim without appropriate safety equipment. According to statistics published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, drowning is the second leading cause of death among children aged one to nineteen, with over a thousand such children drowning every year.

As this blog has discussed on several occasions, premises liability is a legal term that references a property owner’s duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. Owners and operators of private pools and breaches are no different, and owe certain duties to guests of their property.

The extent of the duty owed by a property owner depends on the type of relationship between the owner and the injured party. Usually, this relationship is defined based on the status of the guest as either: (1) an invitee (individual who enters a property for business purposes); (2) a licensee (individual who enters a property for social purposes); or (3) a trespasser (individual without permission to enter onto a property).

With regard to private pools and beaches, which are run for profit, swimmers are considered invitees, therefore the owner of the property owes such guests a duty to ensure that the premises are free of dangerous conditions that the owner knew or should have known about. In addition, operators of private pools and beaches also owe their patrons a duty to regularly inspect the property so as to discover potentially dangerous conditions, and can be found liable for injuries caused by hazards which they did not have actual knowledge of, but should have known about.

Common hazards associated with pools and lakes are:

  • Poor maintenance resulting in hazardous conditions such as slippery surfaces or broken glass.
  • Dangerous behavior by guests such as horseplay; and
  • Improper or insufficient training of safety personnel and/or lifeguards.

Any one of these dangerous conditions, and myriad others not referenced above, may result in serious injury, or in extreme cases, death of a pool or beach patron. In the event that the owner of such premises owner knew, or should have known, about a dangerous condition on his or her premises, and did nothing to remedy it, a person hurt or killed by such a hazard may be entitled to compensation.

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of the dangerous condition of a pool or lake, it is important that you discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to determine the merit and value of your claim, as well as to preserve any favorable evidence. The qualified personal injury attorneys of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by the negligent actions or omissions of property owners.  If you have been injured on the premises of another, or know someone that has, contact the Miami injury lawyers of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. today.

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Earlier this month, thirty-six year-old woman Keythe Perez was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing Palm Beach Boulevard in Fort Myers, Florida. This unfortunate incident marks the sixth pedestrian that has been killed in Lee County since the beginning of the year, and, even more shocking, the fifth in a little more than a month. Based on those numbers, motor vehicle crashes involving a pedestrian death now account for 37.5% of all traffic fatalities that have occurred in Lee County this year. Our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys can help those injured in pedestrian accidents.

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In 2011, the city of Fort Myers adopted an ordinance in 2011 reducing the speed limit on all streets to 25 miles-per-hour. However, Palm Beach Boulevard was one of four roadways that was exempted from the measure, which was seen by some as a significant issue given the high volume of pedestrian and bicycle traffic on that road. The incident involving Keythe Perez gives some credence to these concerns and raises questions regarding the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in an environment of ever-increasing motorists.

In November of last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a press release in which it discussed findings related to U.S. highway traffic accidents in 2011 and 2012. According to the release, highway traffic fatalities jumped more than three percent (3.3%) from 32,479 in 2011 to 33,561 in 2012, with nearly three-quarters (72%) of the increase involving motorcyclists and pedestrians. At the time of the study, the NHTSA estimated that fatalities for the first half of 2013 would be lower than those that occurred during the same time period in 2012, but that pedestrian fatalities would increase for the third straight year by 6.4% over 2011.

Another recent report by the NHTSA found that Florida’s pedestrian and bicyclist fatality rate consistently exceeded that of the rest of the United States and often ranked highest among the states. In 2011, Florida pedestrian fatality rates almost doubled the national average and bicycle fatality rates were almost triple the national average. Florida had the highest pedestrian fatality rate among all states in 2011, 2.60 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 persons, and, between 2010 and 2011, the bicycle fatality rate increased from 0.40 fatalities per 100,000 persons, to 0.63. In the same year, Florida made up only six percent of the U.S. population in 2011, but accounted for 11 percent of all U.S. pedestrian fatalities and 17.4 percent of all U.S. bicycle fatalities.

With ever-increasing traffic congestion and the tendency of Florida residents to ride bicycles or walk where they need to go, bicyclists are at greater risk than ever for being injured or killed in a traffic accident. If you, your family or friends have been involved an accident in which you sustained injuries, you may need legal representation to protect your right to compensation.

The Miami injury lawyers of Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by in motor vehicle accidents.  If you or someone you know has been injured in automobile accident, contact Gerson and Schwartz, P.A today.

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