Florida is a beautiful place to both live and visit, with pleasant weather nearly year round. Because of this, pedestrian foot traffic is much higher in Florida than in most states, and with more people out and about taking in the sunny skies, Florida’s streets have earned an unfortunate distinction as the deadliest in the country for pedestrians. Florida has the highest number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries of any U.S. state. In a motor vehicle versus pedestrian scenario, the outcome is never pretty, and the injuries can be quite severe and life-altering.
Pedestrian accidents occur without a moment’s notice, often leaving the victim with serious fractures, spinal column damages and head trauma. If you or a loved one has been struck and injured while traveling on foot, you need to discuss your case with our Pembroke Pines pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA right away. Our team has been representing pedestrians and other accident victims for years and have the experience to help you recoup your losses and collect the damages you deserve.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
In most pedestrian accidents, the root cause of the accident generally boils down someone else’s negligence. Often, we can attribute this negligence to the operator of a motor vehicle. However, in some cases, negligence may fall on an entity who has the responsibility of keeping streets and sidewalks safe, whether that’s a county road crew or a third-party maintenance organization. In some cases, debris left by a construction company or that falls from a passing truck can be traced as the source of the accident.
Some pedestrian accident scenarios that are often seen in these types of claims include:
- Pedestrians hit by cars turning at intersections
- Pedestrians entering the driver’s vision field abruptly
- Pedestrians hit by cars in parking lots
- Joggers on the side of the road clipped by passing cars
- Drivers paying no attention when backing up, striking pedestrian
Driver distraction, including the prevalence of drivers who text and drive, is sometimes at play in many of these accidents. Drivers may also be drowsy or under the influence of drugs.In non-vehicular pedestrian accidents, a variety of factors may be the blame. Uneven walking surfaces, poorly lit walkways, and slippery walking surfaces are some top contenders.
Compensation in Pedestrian Accident Claims
The claims process for pedestrian claims can be a bit complex, especially if liability is questioned. A pedestrian accident claim seeks to make the injured party whole again. Generally, claims seek damages for medical bills, future costs of medical care and treatment, lost wages, future income loss, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. If you experience a disability as a result of your pedestrian accident, then you may also be awarded for diminished capacity to earn a living.
As soon as possible following your accident, contact our Pembroke Pines pedestrian attorney at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA. Our knowledgeable team can review your case for free and work on getting you the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free, no-cost review now.