Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Walking down the street should be a safe, healthy activity. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case – especially in Florida. With thousands of pedestrians injured every year and more than 5,000 pedestrian deaths in the past decade, Florida is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. 

When a car and a person collide, the person loses. That’s why pedestrian accidents can be so scary – and so damaging to you, your loved ones, and your future. 

If you were struck by a vehicle while walking on the sidewalk, in a parking lot, or crossing a street, then you need someone who will be focused on helping you recover. Snedaker Law will ensure that you get appropriate compensation for medical bills and that the driver of the vehicle is held accountable for their actions.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents can happen for a number of reasons. But whether it’s from distracted driving, failure to stop, or anything in between, getting harmed as a pedestrian is painful. 

The majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by one of the following:

  • A distracted driver. Between cell phones, radios, and other passengers, drivers today have more distractions than ever. A driver that is texting or eating may not notice a pedestrian entering a crosswalk until it is too late. 
  • Failure to stop or yield. In Florida, pedestrians almost always have the right of way. But sometimes, drivers making turns or stopping at a red light don’t see the pedestrian. 
  • Back-ups. Most common in parking lots, this pedestrian accident occurs when the driver fails to notice the person behind them while reversing. 
  • Impairment. An impaired driver or an impaired pedestrian may have lower coordination and less reaction time, resulting in an accident.

Common pedestrian accident injuries

If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident, you may encounter some serious injuries. Of course, the extent of the injuries is directly related to both the size and the speed of the vehicle.

When a person is hit by a moving vehicle and thrown, they’ll often land on their upper body. This causes the most common type of pedestrian injuries: concussions, damage to the head or neck, or facial injuries. Depending on how the pedestrian lands on the ground, more serious spinal injuries are a risk. Broken limbs, pelvic damage, and other injuries can also occur. And without the protection of a vehicle, pedestrian accident victims often suffer extensive bruises, lacerations, and road rash.

What to do after a pedestrian accident

After a pedestrian accident, your natural first response will be to ensure everyone is ok. But as the victim, there are a few things you should keep in mind: 

  1. Document the scene. Talk to anybody who may have witnessed the accident. Write down what happened to you and take photos if you’re able. 
  2. Seek medical assistance, even if you don’t feel hurt. This will not only make it easier to pursue your legal case, but will also ensure you don’t have any internal injuries that could cause problems down the road.
  3. Call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Under Florida law, you have four years from the date of an accident to file a claim – but that doesn’t mean you should wait. Speaking to a lawyer as soon as possible will ensure you get the compensation you deserve

Are pedestrian accidents and car accidents the same under Florida law?

In many ways, yes. Both pedestrian and dual-vehicle accidents operate under Florida’s comparative fault system. This means if you’re struck by a vehicle and it’s determined that you were 20% at fault for the accident, you can still claim 80% of relevant costs. 

Both types of accidents also involve the same insurance law and deadlines. These rules can be complex, which is why it’s so essential to work with a lawyer familiar with this area.

What to expect after a pedestrian accident

There’s no average settlement for a pedestrian accident. However, many cases see payments of at least $10,000 – the final payout really depends on the circumstances of your accident. 

Accident victims can claim expenses for medical bills, lost wages, equipment and renovations, pain and suffering, and more. 

Hiring a pedestrian accident lawyer is your best chance of getting the full compensation you deserve and resuming your journey to a normal life. We’ll negotiate with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf to ensure your settlement will cover all incident-related costs.

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Hire Snedaker Law for your pedestrian accident

Being involved in an accident as a pedestrian is a serious and frightening time. Our team of experts is here to support you and your family in any way we can. 

Don’t leave your compensation to chance. A driver did you wrong and you deserve a fair shot at recovering those expenses! Get on the road to healing by contacting Snedaker Law today: 

If you are harmed in a pedestrian accident, then you need a pedestrian accident lawyer who is here to stand for you. Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, the education, and the experience to handle even the most complex personal injury case. When you’re looking for someone to help you though your difficult time, Snedaker Law is the One for you.

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