Florida has the dubious reputation of being one of the most dangerous states in the U.S. for pedestrians. In the past decade, over 5,000 people have been killed by an automobile while walking. Pedestrians over the age of 65 are most likely to become involved in a pedestrian accident.
The two major contributors to pedestrian accidents are inattentive or aggressive drivers and crumbling roads. If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Florida, contact Louis Law Group to schedule a free consultation. You need to know your legal rights and get the compensation owed to you.
Distracted driving is the primary reason why pedestrian accidents occur. When a driver is distracted and not paying attention, he or she is likely to be doing one, or more, of the following:
If a driver realizes that there is a pedestrian in front of them, they may stop too late. Given this, distracted driving is considered negligence in Florida. When you speak with a pedestrian accident lawyer about what your rights and options for compensation are, you increase your chances of getting the damages owed to you.
Besides distracted driving, another major cause of pedestrian accidents is drunk driving. Pedestrian accidents at night are usually caused by driver intoxication. Intersections are typically not where this type of pedestrian accident occurs, indicating that there may be a shortage of crosswalks and other traffic control devices that can help prevent such mishaps. To discover whether you can file a claim against a municipality, or even the state, for being negligent, speak with a Florida pedestrian accident lawyer at Louis Law Group today.
Most pedestrian accidents involve injuries to the lower half of the body. The most common areas which sustain injuries in pedestrian accidents include the following:
The next most common areas of injury from pedestrian accidents are the following:
The worst, and typically fatal, injuries are those involving severe trauma to either the head or the chest. In cases where the injuries are not fatal, the injured pedestrian may be faced with a lifetime of expensive meditation treatment and care.
If you have been struck be a vehicle in Florida, you can receive damages to help pay for your medical expenses and lost wages. Florida drivers are mandated to have at least $10,000 in insurance coverage. However, this may be a drop in the bucket if you have a more severe injury. A Florida pedestrian accident lawyer at Louis Law Group will help negotiate with the liable insurance company to get you just compensation.