As a pedestrian, if you are hit by a car, truck, or even a bicycle, the impact can be devastating. A collision between a heavy vehicle and an unprotected pedestrian can lead to serious injuries, some of which may not be apparent at first. Pedestrians in Florida and Georgia frequently suffer debilitating injuries to internal organs, brain damage, and other injuries just because motorists are just not paying attention.
Fighting for the Pedestrian Accident Compensation You Deserve
When you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident in Florida or Georgia, turn to The Leach Firm, P.A. for help. You may be entitled to money to make up for the injuries and suffering you’ve endured or wrongful death caused by an irresponsible or impaired driver. Our legal team will evaluate your case, explain all your legal options, and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents
There are many factors involved in determining who is at fault for an accident with a pedestrian. Some of the most commonly asked questions we hear during our meetings with clients include:
What happens if a car hits a pedestrian?
When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the driver must stop the car and provide the correct information. Unfortunately, it is common for a driver to leave the scene instead, making them liable for a “hit and run” situation. In these cases, drivers may face both criminal prosecution as well as a civil claim for damages.
The injured pedestrian can bring a lawsuit to attempt to secure damages resulting from driver negligence. Victims usually seek money damages to cover lost wages as well as medical bills and other economic losses. However, you can also seek damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering.
Who is liable when a car hits a pedestrian?
The majority of the time, the driver of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian is liable. However, in some situations, it can be challenging for the pedestrian to prove driver negligence, so it is helpful to begin working with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. When a pedestrian suddenly bolts into traffic flow or does not exercise due care in entering the roadway, the pedestrian may be held at least partially responsible for the accident but could still recover some compensation depending on the circumstances.
Do pedestrians always have the right of way in Florida?
No, pedestrians do not always have the right of way in Florida, so a court may not always find a driver at fault for a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians must yield, even in crosswalks, if the light is red or the crosswalk sign displays the “don’t walk” signal.
Drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, even when the “don’t walk” signal is blinking. That means if you are a pedestrian, you may continue to cross if you were already in the crosswalk when the signal began to blink. Any driver entering a public street must yield to a pedestrian approaching on the sidewalk, just as if the pedestrian were another vehicle.
Get Your Case Started
We have the experience to determine whether you have a case for compensation in a pedestrian accident. Our personal injury attorneys can determine the most appropriate approach for your case and will pursue your rights to the furthest extent of the law.
If we are unable to recover compensation for your injury claims, you won’t have to pay any legal fees. You only pay when we are successful, so you’ll never need to worry about adding to your financial burden. To get started, contact us today to request a no-cost initial consultation.