Accidents involving pedestrians can be traumatic. They typically result in serious injury or death. Every year, more than 5000 pedestrians are killed and 150,000 with serious injuries are treated in emergency rooms. A pedestrian accident can leave the victim with a few bruises, or more serious injuries such as bone fractures, internal and external bleeding, and critical head injuries. Pedestrian accidents occur mostly in urban areas.
When a pedestrian accident occurs, the driver be sued for damages and prosecuted under the law. Civil lawsuit liabilities that can be filed against the driver include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and emotional distress. You need an experienced attorney to help claim your right from the authorities. At Louis Law Group, our competent attorneys will ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Here are the major causes of pedestrian accidents you can seek compensation for:
Improper lane use is one of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents. Improper use of lane can be the fault of the driver or the pedestrian. In most cases, a pedestrian can only be fairly compensated when the accident is the driver’s fault. Did driver run a red light? Was the driver speeding? Was the driver intoxicated?
Unmarked or faded crosswalks are also a major factor in pedestrian accidents. Today, several parts of the crosswalk are almost invisible, which creates deadly uncontrolled intersections for both drivers and pedestrians. Getting compensated for damages incurred in this scenario requires hard work by a competent attorney.
Vehicle drivers believe that pedestrians are supposed to wait patiently for them before crossing the road. Meanwhile, pedestrians believe drivers don’t want to hit them and expect vehicle drivers to wait patiently for them to cross. In a situation where there is no traffic light to monitor the intersection, the potential for a pedestrian accident is substantially increased. Florida authorities have been able to tackle this by installing traffic lights wherever they are most needed.
Drivers and pedestrians alike tend to get carried away when texting or playing on their phones. A substantial percentage of pedestrian accidents occur as a result of people using devices such as mobile phones and music players while walking or driving. Florida has tackled this major problem by establishing a “no-texting rule” for both drivers and pedestrians.
One of the major causes of pedestrian accidents is the influence of intoxicants. Smoking drugs or drinking alcohol while using the road is a bad habit that can result in a pedestrian accident. It’s easy to file a claim against a driver if you can prove that he or she was intoxicated while driving. It is a major offense punishable by the law to drink or smoke drugs while driving in Florida.
As stated earlier, pedestrian accidents can result in minor or fatal injuries. Below are the sorts of damages one can sustain in a pedestrian accident:
If you’ve been victimized by a driver’s negligence, filing a lawsuit can be your next course of action. To do this, you’ll want to take advantage of all the legal options open to you, and you’ll need an experienced attorney to handle the case on your behalf. The dedicated attorneys at Louis Law Group will help you craft strategies you can use to get your full compensation.
If you hire one of our experienced Miami pedestrian accident attorneys, here’s what you can expect:
In Florida, to get full entitlement from your insurance company, you will need an attorney. Most insurance companies are fond of dismissing pedestrian accident claims and offering a pittance as a compensation. Hiring an attorney will make it harder for your insurance company to take advantage of you, because they know your attorney is onto their methods.
In Florida, you can sue all liable parties responsible for your damages only if you retain a competent attorney to take up the case for you. It’s nearly impossible to file a case by yourself and be compensated. You’re likely to be overwhelmed. Louis Law Group’s competent attorneys are ready to work with you to get your entitlement under the law.