Florida is known for its beautiful weather and outdoor activities. The population in our beloved state is constantly growing which means that there are more and more vehicles and pedestrians on the road. Pedestrians can include bicyclists, joggers, walkers, and skaters. According to the Governors Highway safety Association, in 2019, there were 368 pedestrian fatalities in Florida. The Sunshine State had the second highest amount of pedestrian fatalities. The amount of people that are hit by motor vehicles in Florida keeps increasing year after year.
Notwithstanding the negligent and reckless drivers, and those driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, many experts believe that the rise in pedestrian accidents is due to the way our streets are designed. These experts argue that our roads are built to prioritize and facilitate the movement of motor vehicles, therefore compromising the safety of pedestrians. Some evidence tends to back that claim. Many streets do not have sidewalks or traffic signs dedicated to pedestrian safety. This means that pedestrians must take extra precaution when traveling. Pedestrians must not only look out for motor vehicles; they must also look out for unfavorable roadways.
On many occasions, pedestrians get injured through no fault of their own, and the unfortunate truth about these types of accidents is that the pedestrian is the one who usually suffers the most damage. The injuries may include bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, and death. It is important to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer if you or a loved-one has been hit by a motor vehicle.
If you’ve been hit by a motor vehicle in Florida, you should:
- Report the accident to the police
- Get immediate medical attention
- Take pictures of all injuries and vehicles involved
- Collect the name and phone number of all witnesses
- Contact your attorney
Can I get Compensated for my Injuries?
A driver who hits and injuries a pedestrian may face a personal injury lawsuit filed by the injured. The injured pedestrian will seek to recover compensation for losses caused by the collision. Such compensation may include:
- Payment of medical bills
- Payment of lost wages and earning capacity
- Payment for physical pain and suffering
- Payment for emotional pain and suffering
- Payment for property damage
Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer Now
Contact the Law Office Of Shannon J Sagan if you or someone you know has been hit by a motor vehicle and has suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident. it is very important that you act quickly. My team will help you collect the evidence, and we will help you file all the necessary paperwork to determine if you can receive fair and adequate compensation for your injuries.