PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS ATTORNEY IN FLORIDA
FLORIDA’S #1 PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYERS FOR INJURY VICTIMS
Nobody expects to be hit by a car while walking on the side of the road or crossing the street especially when following the law and walking in permitted areas. The law permits vehicles to yield to pedestrians however if a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in a car accident there may be a few liable parties that are responsible for the accident including
- The driver of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian
- The party responsible for maintaining the crosswalks, sidewalks or road
- The pedestrian himself
Unfortunately, if you have been a victim in a pedestrian accident you most likely are suffering from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Attorneys at Advocates USA have a successful history in claims against car accidents in Florida State. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident you could be awarded compensation either through a settlement or a car accident lawsuit.
Car drivers have a duty to exercise with reasonable care while behind the wheel of a car and failure to do so is called negligence.
What Are Some Reasons For A Pedestrian Accident?
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, more often times the driver of the vehicle is at fault and these accidents can occur for a number of reasons:
- Failure to yield the right of way for a pedestrian
- Reversing or parking their vehicle
- Distracted driving
- Driving on the sidewalk
- Not obeying traffic signs or signals
- Not stopping behind the crosswalk
- Speeding and or unable to stop in time
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
There can be many variables that led up to the pedestrian accident causing your personal injuries and the driver of the vehicle could be responsible for damages. However if the victim is found to be partial at fault, you may not be able to recover full compensation.
What Are Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
Being struck by a large piece of steel regardless of the vehicles speed is bound to cause injuries to a pedestrian, especially because there is no protection. Common injuries we see as a result of pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken or fractured limbs
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain damage
- Head trauma
Injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents typically depend on the size of the vehicle, speed of the car and angle the victim was struck.
What Compensatory Damages Can Be Recovered in Pedestrian Accidents?Advocates USA could be able to recover compensation through negotiations or litigation after proving negligence::
Pain and sufferingYou could file a lawsuit against the defendant for pain and suffering caused by from the accident. Depending on the circumstances and the extent of your injuries will dictate what you are compensated.
Medical expensesThis includes all treatments you have already received and depending on your injuries, the medical treatment you will need in the future. You can collect compensation for all medical visits, hospital stays, medicine, therapy, surgery or any treatment that is directly correlated with your injuries that you sustained.
Lost Wages and future earning capacityIf you have sustained injuries from your pedestrian accident and have missed work you can recover your lost wages. In addition to, if you are unable to work for a period of time or indefinite you could be entitled for potential earnings.
Diminished quality of lifeYou could be awarded compensation if your injuries sustained that prohibit you from living a normal life. While there may be more damages that could be awarded the above are the most common. The compensatory damages awarded depend on the circumstances of pedestrian accident. If a vehicle has struck you, you are most likely seeking medical attention and have missed work. The bills will begin to accrue and financial hardship may begin to take shape. You shouldn’t fight this alone, Advocates USA is an experienced law firm in car accidents and with strong evidence we will build a case to help you get your life back in order. Talk to us today, we have experienced pedestrian lawyers that will fight for you.
What Should I Do If I am Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident the driver who is legally responsible for your injuries may try to claim your own negligence caused the accident. If you have experienced an accident you should do the following:
- Call the police immediately
- Gather all evidence possible, including witnesses, names and numbers, pictures or videos
- Never accept blame and do not give a statement to anyone including the driver or insurance companies
- Don’t leave the scene of the accident before legal authorities have arrived