As a pedestrian, you’re always at risk of being struck by a motor vehicle. And should that happen, the chance of severe injuries or death is very high. According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, thousands of people are killed in a pedestrian accident every year. On top of this, even more people suffer serious injuries — such as broken bones and traumatic brain injuries — in such accidents. In the state of Florida, 368 people died in pedestrian accidents during the first half of 2019. This goes a long way in showing you just how much danger is lurking on Florida roads and how important it is to know what to do if you’re ever hit by a car.
There is no shortage of reasons for pedestrian car accidents, with some of the most common including:
There’s no way of knowing what types of injuries could occur in a pedestrian accident, but some are more common than others. These include:
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, several of these injuries are possible.
Any time you’re in close proximity to moving vehicles there’s a risk of an accident. Some of the most common areas for pedestrian-car accidents include:
The state of Florida shares all of its statutes online, with this page providing information related to pedestrian right-of-way laws.
According to Florida statutes, vehicles approaching a pedestrian legally crossing the street at an intersection must stop or yield to allow the person to cross.
Of course, there are also rules for pedestrians to follow. For example:
The short answer is yes. There are times when a pedestrian could be at fault. Common examples include:
The potential for gray area is what often leads to a personal injury claim.
It goes without saying that you want to avoid a pedestrian-car accident at all costs. There are some basic steps you can take to enhance your safety:
A pedestrian-car accident is every bit as serious as it sounds. If you’re injured in this type of accident as a pedestrian, here’s what you want to do:
While your health and well-being are top priority, don’t overlook your legal right to seek compensation from the negligent party.
As you recover, here are some things you can do to improve your odds of obtaining compensation:
With so much happening during this time, you’ll find it a challenge to manage all these tasks on your own.
You can reduce your stress level by consulting with a Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer. They can answer questions such as:
Rick Kolodinsky, P.A. has decades of experience helping injured victims receive the compensation they’re entitled to after an accident, including cases involving getting hit by a car. From filing an insurance claim to negotiating with insurance companies, Mr. Kolodinsky is available to provide professional legal guidance from start to finish. Contact us online or give us a call to schedule a free consultation.
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