Florida personal injury lawyers protect the rights of injured pedestrians
Florida witnessed 9,243 pedestrian crashes in 2018, resulting in 674 fatalities, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). While walking near roadways poses risks, some pedestrian accidents are, in fact, caused by negligent behavior on the part of the motorist. The skilled personal injury lawyers at Ged Lawyers, LLP protect the rights of those injured in pedestrian accidents, advocating on their behalf to recover just compensation for their injuries.
Personal injury law provides protection for injured victims
Personal injury law is based on the principle of negligence, providing protection for those who have been harmed due to another person’s negligent behavior. To establish negligence, it must be demonstrated that the defendant had a duty to obey all traffic laws and failed to uphold that duty, which resulted in harm.
Compensation for pedestrian accidents
When filing a personal injury claim, the injured victim files for compensatory damages that are the result of their pedestrian accident. These damages may include compensation for:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical expenses resulting from the accident
- Lost wages and loss of earned sick and vacation time
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Other damages resulting from the accident
Safety tips for pedestrians
Many pedestrians make the mistake of assuming that drivers and cyclists can see them; this misconception can have serious consequences. Some pedestrians walk with headphones plugged in, distracted by their cell phones, oblivious to the traffic around them. When you are walking out on the road, it is critical that you are paying attention to your surroundings and obeying traffic laws. By following these simple safety tips, pedestrians can reduce their risk of experiencing an accident on the roadways:
- Only cross at designated intersections or crosswalks
- Obey all traffic walk signals
- When walking at night, wear reflective gear and carry flashlights
- When walking in inclement weather, take extra precautions to ensure your safety
- Always watch for oncoming traffic
- Wait for cars to yield to you before crossing a street
By making yourself visible to drivers – particularly while walking on the roadways in the dark – you increase the likelihood that drivers will see you. Always be alert to oncoming traffic and make smart choices about where and when to cross a roadway.
We are dedicated to fighting on your behalf
At Ged Lawyers, LLP we believe that if you have suffered injury in a pedestrian accident, the responsible party should be held accountable. Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to aggressively fighting on your behalf, with a track record of success in recovering just compensation for your injuries. Contact our office at 844-443-3529 or online to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your pedestrian accident. Ged Lawyers, LLP, is proud to represent a diverse clientele, with multilingual services available in Arabic, Creole, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.