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 car accident injury attorneys at The Florida Law Group for the help you need.
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
How Our Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
We have recovered millions of dollars for pedestrian and their loved ones. To be successful, it is important to reach out to our firm as soon as possible so that we can immediately begin building a strong case on your behalf. We know exactly what it takes to help a rider and their families the amount of compensation that is deserved. No matter how complex your situation may seem, you can rest assured that you have a team by your side that is truly passionate about helping you hold the negligent driver accountable.
Contact the Florida Personal Injury Lawyers at The Florida Law Group Today for a Free Consultation
At The Florida Law Group, we proudly represent all pedestrians and riders and accept their cases on a contingency fee basis. If you were injured in an accident and think you might have a personal injury case, we invite you to call our legal team to discuss your legal options. It’s free to call, and you are under no obligation. If our Florida pedestrian accident lawyers can help, we will. Contact us today online or by calling 833-271-1011.