Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Helping Injured Pedestrians Seek Justice
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 United States pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2017. The CDC further estimates that, again in 2017, non-fatal crashes rendered about 137,000 pedestrians in need of emergency medical treatment. These statistics are quite sobering, especially considering that everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day — even a commuter is a pedestrian when walking from their parked vehicle to the doors of their destination.
Fortunately, the state of Florida grants pedestrian accident victims the right to pursue compensation from the driver or party at fault for the crash. If a legal claim is brought to a successful resolution, you could be entitled to receive monies to cover any damages you have suffered. Michles & Booth’s attorney team fully understands that no amount of money can make up for the trauma of being injured by negligence, but it can help you find some peace of mind and closure regarding the matter and give you the financial support you need to recover.
Call Michles & Booth’s Florida pedestrian accident attorneys at (800) 848-6168. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.
Do Pedestrians Have the Right of Way in Florida?
A common misconception is that pedestrians always have the right of way. Motor vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, but there are many instances in which the right of way belongs to the motorist. The defense is well-aware of this and will likely try to shift the blame onto you to have your compensation reduced or your case dismissed.
To understand when pedestrians have the right of way, it is best to refer to state law. Several important Florida pedestrian traffic laws to know include the following:
- Traffic signals must be followed at crosswalks, unless a police officer orders otherwise;
- It is prohibited to leave a place of safety (i.e. a curb) without giving motorists sufficient time to yield;
- When crossing outside the bounds of a crosswalk (marked or unmarked), pedestrians must yield to motorists;
- Sidewalks must be used, if provided;
- In the absence of sidewalks, pedestrians must walk on the left shoulder of the road, facing oncoming traffic;
- Whenever possible, crosswalks should be crossed on the right side; and
- Pedestrians must cross intersections at right angles, not diagonally.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Due to the absence of any substantial protective gear, pedestrians can suffer severe injuries in the event of a crash. Several common examples of injuries that a pedestrian accident victim may sustain include but are not limited to:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Orthopedic injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or complete limb loss
- Internal organ damage
Damages Available to Pedestrian Accident Victims
Injured pedestrians may be able to recover compensation for damages that have direct financial costs (economic damages) and damages that are not easily measured by money (non-economic damages), if they can prove that they have suffered those damages as a result of another person’s negligence.
Economic damages include medical expenses, hospital bills, physical therapy, lost wages, reduced future earning potential, and more. It is much easier to determine the amount of economic damages that should be paid out because the judge and/or jury can reference any paid bills, doctor’s notes, and medical records.
Non-economic damages (pain and suffering, emotional distress, reduced quality of life, and the development of mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.) are harder to determine because they do not have a specific cost associated with them. However, you may be able to prove you suffered these damages by providing evidence of any psychological counseling you needed or by having a mental health professional provide expert testimony in court.
When fatal injuries are involved, a loved one may be able to file a claim on the decedent’s behalf and recover compensation for the losses of the decedent and their estate. Some bereaved family members may also be able to recover monies for damages that they have incurred, such as funeral expenses or the loss of companionship, consortium, or guidance.
Don’t Be a Victim Twice
In a perfect world, negligent parties would admit to their wrongdoings and compensate the person they injured without putting up a fight. Unfortunately, our world is far from perfect, and the liable party tends to fight tooth and nail to avoid being held accountable; this lack of accountability is often first encountered when dealing with the defense’s insurance company.
At Michles & Booth, our pedestrian accident attorneys know the techniques and tactics that insurance agents are likely to use like the backs of our hands. Our legal staff is dedicated to recovering the maximum amount of compensation available to each and every client, no matter the size of their case. Michles & Booth’s lawyers won’t let you be a victim twice — if the negligent party continues to avoid accountability, we are fully prepared to take them to court on your behalf.
Why wait? Contact us online today for a free, confidential consultation with a Florida pedestrian accident lawyer.
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