According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 500 pedestrians are killed in Florida traffic accidents each year, and more than 7,000 others are injured. What makes these accidents particularly tragic is that most of them are preventable. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, you deserve to be compensated—not only for your financial losses but also for the pain and suffering you’ve been forced to endure. Call the Tampa injury attorneys at The Florida Law Group for the help you need.
After an accident, you can trust The Florida Law Group to advocate for you. Here’s why:
- Our lead attorney is a board certified civil trial expert
- Our team has recovered millions on behalf of our clients
- Our firm provides free, no-obligation case evaluations
- We have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America®
- We are backed by 100+ years of collective legal experience
- You won’t pay any legal fees unless we win your case
Rights & Responsibilities of Pedestrians in Florida
In Florida, pedestrians typically have the right of way when crossing the street. Even if there are no crossing signals at an intersection, drivers are expected to yield to pedestrians once they have stepped into the crosswalk. On the other hand, pedestrians are expected to yield to drivers if they cross the street in an area that doesn’t have a designated crosswalk. If a pedestrian J-walks or darts in front of oncoming traffic, they can be held partially liable. Since Florida is a “comparative fault” state, the pedestrian’s claim can be reduced by their own degree of fault.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
When a pedestrian is struck by a car, truck, or motorcycle, they are at a distinct disadvantage—which is why it’s usually the pedestrian who suffers the most damage. In many cases, the victim will face a long road of hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
Sadly, many pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent motorists who:
- Drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Talk on the phone or text while driving
- Violate traffic laws or ignore traffic signals
- Drive recklessly or disregard the speed limit
- Fail to use caution in residential areas
- Fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians
Contact Our Florida Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
The Tampa personal injury attorneys at The Florida Law Group have been advocating for the rights of wrongfully injured victims since 1982. In that time, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Now, we are ready to do the same for you. Contact our office today to find out how we can put more than a century of combined legal experience to work for you. Our lead attorney, Chris Limberopoulos, is a board certified civil trial expert, so you can trust that your future will be in good hands. Call now to get started on your personal injury case!
If you’ve been wronged, The Florida Law Group will fight to make it right. Free consultations are available for our potential clients. Request yours by calling our team at 833-352-5297 to discuss your case with one of our personal injury lawyers in Florida.