A pedestrian who is struck by a car or other motor vehicle may be at risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries that significantly interfere with his or her way of life. Our firm handles pedestrian accidents at crosswalks, in parking lots and virtually everywhere else in Florida. New communities often market themselves as being a nice place to live and work. The “walkability” of a city is increasingly become an important selling point throughout Florida. Unfortunately, an increase in walkability must come with greater awareness of pedestrian safety.
Nearly 500 pedestrians are killed in Florida each year in roadway accidents. That’s twice the national average. Due to the nature of car to pedestrian collisions, a large fraction of survivors end up permanently disabled by brain and spinal injuries.A number of advocates are addressing the problem of pedestrian accidents. Last year the Florida Department of Transportation produced a 50 page report identifying contributing factors and directing how resources should be focused to reduce accident rates. The consensus is that three major areas need improvement:
In the meantime, the surest way to avoid a pedestrian accident is to be well aware of your surroundings and to avoid any potentially dangerous traffic situations. Some accidents are unavoidable. However, where you have suffered physical and emotional injuries as a pedestrian, you may need an attorney’s assistance to recover just compensation.
Most of the accidents where automobiles hit pedestrians happen at night or early in the morning. There are a number of reasons for this higher accident rate, including:
Pedestrians can reduce their risk of being hit by car by wearing bright colors and being hyper-vigilant of where they are walking or jogging. Follow pedestrian laws by crossing at crosswalks and not jaywalking. Walk on sidewalks, and where there is no sidewalk walk in the shoulder facing oncoming traffic – drivers and pedestrians will be more alert to each other.
Always assume drivers are not paying attention, and make sure you have been spotted before crossing the road. Finally, if your neighborhood has areas that are clearly unsafe for foot traffic, then it may not be worth the risk of walking in that vicinity. Find another route and pressure local officials until they have addressed your concerns.
Protecting Your Rights As a Pedestrian
Roads are designed for cars with subsequent consideration for pedestrians. But because the driver of an automobile usually has the greater opportunity to avoid an accident with a pedestrian, pedestrians’ rights are protected above those of motorists. Drivers are always required to yield to pedestrians at marked crosswalks. At virtually all times and in all situations drivers have a legal responsibility to avoid hitting pedestrians.
If a driver has accidentally hit you while you were a pedestrian, then a personal injury attorney can help you recover damages for past and future medical bills, physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages and lost earning potential from being out of work, and loss of support for your family.
If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident in Florida, do not hesitate to seek the help and counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer. We are dedicated to helping injury victims hold negligent parties legally responsible and get the compensation that they need for damages associated with an accident. To make an informed decision about your pedestrian accident, it’s important to be fully aware of your rights and options. Contact us and we will help you immediately.
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We never charge a fee for a consultation. Also, you pay nothing upfront when we represent you. Since we work on contingency basis, you only pay if you get money. This allows you to focus on treatment and recovery from your accident, while we focus on what we do best. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.