Sharing the roadways and streets with so many passenger vehicles sets the stage for pedestrian accidents, and many of them are quite serious. While nobody heads out on foot expecting to get hit by a car, truck, van, SUV or bus, the truth is that it happens, and it happens with frequency, especially in Florida. Florida is the deadliest state in the union when it comes to pedestrian accidents, owing largely to its large number of pedestrians out commuting and exercising while taking in the beautiful Florida weather.
Pedestrian accidents in cities are more frequent for obvious reasons, and most happen at night, potentially due to a mix of poor lighting and drivers driving impaired by alcohol or drugs. While one might think that the most dangerous spot for pedestrians is at intersections, the fact is that most pedestrian accidents occur at lawful crosswalks, on sidewalks, and even on the shoulder of the road. Sometimes pedestrians are left with just a broken bones, cuts and lacerations and make a complete recovery. However, in more serious pedestrian accidents, the victim is left with life-changing injuries to the spine or brain, requiring months or even years to regain even partial functionality. Some of these types of accidents end up as fatalities.
Drivers of passenger vehicles are more often than not the cause of pedestrian accidents. Drivers can be held liable for the damages they cause pedestrians if they are found negligent. Some of the most common reasons for pedestrian accidents in Weston and other South Florida cities include:
- Drivers failing to completely stop at stop signs
- Failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Failing to maintain control of vehicle
- Impaired driving
Sometimes it is the case that a pedestrian accident occurs with no vehicles involved. Sidewalks that are broken or uneven, poor lighting, debris in the pathway of the pedestrian, and poorly maintained streets in general can lead to pedestrians falling, tripping or otherwise becoming injured.
If you or someone you love have been injured as a pedestrian in Weston, then you have a right to seek out compensatory and punitive damages from the at-fault party, whether that person is a driver or the entity whose task it is to maintain the safety of the street on which the accident occurred. Some of the most common damages seen in pedestrian accident claims include:
- Medical expenses and future cost of care
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of community or consortium
- Funeral expenses (in the even of the pedestrian’s death)
In Florida, all personal injury claims must be filed within two years following the incident causing the injury. This statute of limitations expands to four years in the case of wrongful death claims lodged by the pedestrian’s survivors following a pedestrian fatality.
At the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, our Weston pedestrian accident attorney have been helping injured accident victims collect the compensation due to them for years. We offer a no-cost consultation to review your case, so schedule your appointment now to get the ball rolling on your claim today.