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Pedestrians are known to suffer some of the most serious injuries in accidents, especially when motor vehicles are involved. Despite pedestrians having their own rights and protections, these rights are frequently violated, and more than 7,000 Florida pedestrians are injured in traffic accidents each year. The most unfortunate part is that most of these accidents are caused by human error and are preventable. If you've been seriously injured as a pedestrian in Florida, whether you were crossing the street or even walking in a parking lot, you deserve to be compensated. Heyman Law Firm offers compassionate, one-on-one client service so we can fully understand your situation and work towards achieving the results you need to get your life back. Our St. Petersburg pedestrian accident attorney has recovered millions in damages so clients don't have to worry about how they're going to pay for their expenses.
What Are My Pedestrian Rights in Florida?
In Florida, pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the street, meaning that cars and other vehicles must stop for them once they've stepped into the road. Drivers may not pass vehicles that are waiting for pedestrians and have an obligation to avoid colliding with pedestrians and bicyclists. However, while pedestrians have the right of way when using crosswalks, they must yield to vehicles when they are crossing outside a marked crosswalk or crossing at a spot other than an intersection.
These various rules can create issues after accidents when it comes to determining liability. Often, both parties will be convinced that they had the right of way at the time of the accident. This is a major reason why pedestrians should consider hiring a personal injury attorney after an accident – an attorney can formally investigate the accident and get the evidence you need to show you didn't cause the accident.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Various parties may be involved in pedestrian accidents, such as bicyclists, motorcyclists, and even other pedestrians. However, a majority of injuries and fatalities are caused by accidents involving motor vehicles.
A car hitting a pedestrian is one of the most traumatic types of car accidents a person can experience. Due to the size, weight, and force that cars and other vehicles can apply, pedestrians often suffer some of the most serious injuries in collisions, including permanent injuries like brain damage or paralysis. Pedestrians aren't protected by airbags or seat belts and, unlike bicyclists, they don't even have a helmet to protect them from head injuries.
Some common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving: Texting or talking on the phone, or any other activity that prevents drivers from focusing on the road is considered distracted driving. This is dangerous, as it can prevent a driver from noticing a pedestrian walking across the street. Distracted drivers have less time to respond quickly to a road hazard before they cause an accident.
- Intoxicated driving: Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are a danger to themselves and everyone else around them, including pedestrians. Impaired drivers are more likely to drive through crosswalks to make left turns directly into a pedestrian.
- Recklessness: Drivers who break traffic laws are considered to be reckless. Some examples of reckless driving that can put the safety of pedestrians at risk include speeding, failing to stop at red lights or stop signs, and making quick lane changes or turns without signaling.
The most common injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents include spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, internal organ injuries, torn and sprained ligaments, and fractures, most of which can lead to death if left untreated. Approximately 38 percent of pedestrians sustain an injury to their head, neck, or face after a car accident.
We can pursue justice on your behalf when you call our St. Petersburg pedestrian accident attorney at (727) 822-3700. With nearly 40 years of experience, we can be trusted to help you get results.
Contact Us for Help
It can be nearly impossible to secure the full amount of compensation you need without the help of an attorney. Because compensation for damages is necessary to recover, you shouldn't take a chance by representing yourself.
Our attorney has decades of experience and resources that we can use to determine fault and prove liability. We can also calculate the extent of your damages to ensure that we pursue an adequate settlement for you, and we can communicate with insurance companies so you don't have to feel anxious about saying anything that may hurt your claim.
We can recover the following damages:
- Lost Wages
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills, including costs of surgery, hospitalization, and medication
After your accident, you're likely facing thousands of dollars in bills, as pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment. We can make these bills go away once and for all when we win your case, allowing you to focus on your future. When you call our team for a consultation, you won't have to pay a cent. Your case evaluation is completely free because we know how financially burdened you are already.