What better place to take a relaxing walk than the Sunshine State in the fall? Whether you find yourself walking for fun, for exercise, or out of necessity, there are countless places to go and countless sights to see. However, though walking is generally thought of as a safe, simple way to get from place to place, this is not always the case. Due to their high level of exposure, when pedestrians are struck by oncoming vehicles, they are very often severely injured as a result. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and are now seeking financial compensation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What causes pedestrian accidents?
There are several different causes of pedestrian accidents. For example, inadequate lighting or overgrown vegetation can prevent a car from seeing an oncoming pedestrian, or vice versa. Additionally, poor weather conditions can cause a motorist to go skidding off the road and into a pedestrian. However, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence.
What is driver negligence?
When a driver blatantly disregards the rules and regulations of the road, he or she is considered negligent. Some examples of negligent driving behavior are as follows:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Smoking, eating or navigating directions while driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
- Texting or operating any other electronic device without hands-free capabilities while driving
What are some of the most common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents?
Some of the injuries that have recovered compensation in the past are as follows:
- Bone fractures
- Head trauma
- Pelvic injuries
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful deaths
How do I recover compensation following a pedestrian accident?
To recover compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. An experienced attorney can help you do so efficiently and cost-effectively. Your attorney will seek out security camera footage of your accident, witness statements to verify your claim, police reports, medical documentation and more to help prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in Florida?
The statute of limitations is the period of time you have from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years. If you fail to file a lawsuit in that window of time, you will lose your right to recover financial compensation.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Our firm understands the potential repercussions of a serious accident. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you should not have to fight the uphill battle for financial compensation on your own. When you hire one of our attorneys, you are hiring a devoted, caring, and aggressive attorney who will tenaciously fight for your rights. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and wishes to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact the Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.