Pedestrians have the right of way, yet thousands are injured in accidents every single year along Florida streets.
In 2011, Transportation for America said that Florida ranked number one in the nation for automobile accidents that resulted in pedestrian accidents. If a careless individual has hurt you or injured someone you love, filing a damage claim is a must.
The Frightening Statistics
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable parties on our roadways. The number of accidents they suffer is wholly disproportionate to the population. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2012, 14% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians. More than 70,000 pedestrians each year suffer serious injuries in an accident. Whether it’s someone at a crosswalk, hit in a parking lot, or even exiting another car, drivers tend not to see the pedestrians around them, creating damaging consequences.
Multiple Factors Involved
There are many factors involved in pedestrian accidents. Speed and lack of attention is often the case, with the result being the driver does not have time to stop. Elderly drivers can’t always see pedestrians, either. The weather can play a role, as low visibility or poor light can create issues for drivers. Alcohol may also play a role.
No matter what cause the accident, the results are always devastating. Pedestrians can suffer severe head trauma, brain damage, broken bones, or even spinal cord injuries. The injuries are almost always serious, and the treatment often has to be administered on a long term basis. Dealing with the medical problems caused by an accident is bad enough, but having to deal with the insurance companies is usually worse.
You have a right to recover for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. There are medical expenses to pay, lost wages, and many other economic losses, and easing the financial burden is really the least an insurance company can do for you. They’ll work to limit your recovery to the lowest possible amount, and they’ll try to convince you that you deserve to receive very little in damages.
The Right Attorneys
Let our personal injury team help. We’ll speak to the law enforcement officers involved, the witnesses, and get the right experts on your side to present a solid case that shows the cause of the accident and the extent of your injuries and suffering. We’ve been fighting insurance companies for years, so if you’ve suffered a serious injury, it’s time to contact us.
They want nothing more than for you to disappear in a sea of paperwork over a quick, cheap settlement. Your accident deserves more time and thought than that, and you deserve a level of protection that they won’t want to afford you. The true value of your claim can’t even be established until a doctor is willing to issue a firm prognosis. We’ll help you make informed decisions about your rights and your case. A free consultation is just a phone call away.