Any accident can be stressful, but accidents involving pedestrians are some of the scariest. Whether you are the pedestrian, or you’ve had an accident with a pedestrian, we can help. Stevenson Klotz has experienced Pensacola, FL pedestrian accident lawyers. We have handled many cases where our clients are victims of these types of accidents. Whether you are responsible for your accident or not, we can direct you through your next legal steps. Most pedestrian accidents are complex, so it takes someone with experience to be able to represent you throughout the process. We recommend contacting us immediately to discuss the details of your case.
Have you been hit by a vehicle?
As a pedestrian, you can become invisible to cars on the roadway. Even if you are obeying all of the traffic laws, cars are still hesitant to give up the right of way. The worst situations are when distracted drivers hit pedestrians. When cars have accidents with pedestrians, the pedestrians have no safety gear. So, the injuries are much more severe in these types of accidents. If you have been hit by a vehicle, you need time to recover from your injuries. Most victims need to take time off of work, and their medical bills begin to pile up. You need to hire an auto accident lawyer so that you can focus on your recovery versus your financial situation.
Insurance companies are not looking out for your best interest.
If you’re walking down the road, you have the right to safely make it to your destination in one piece. Florida holds both motorists and pedestrians responsible for avoiding accidents. As long as you were abiding by all of the traffic rules, it is the vehicle that is at fault. Whoever is negligent is responsible for paying the victim’s damages, and the insurance company is supposed to cover the cost. You might think that the insurance company will provide you with a substantial settlement, but this isn’t the case. Most insurance companies want to get out of the situation as cheaply as possible. They make insanely low offers at the beginning, and victims take these offers because they think that it is the best amount that they’ll get. Having an experienced personal injury attorney will save you from this mistake, and you’ll get the settlement that you need to cover your damages.
What if I was partially at fault?
In Florida, we are a “comparative negligence” state. Even if you were partially at fault you can receive compensation for your injuries. For example, if you were crossing the road without a crosswalk when a car hit you, you’re partially liable. In these situations, you have to build a strong case to take to court. If you were 50% liable, you will be awarded 50% of the damages. You need an experienced attorney to build your case so that you can reduce your liability to get a larger recovery. We will fight to get you a proper settlement to cover your injuries and damages. It shouldn’t matter if you were partially at fault, you’re still entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Florida holds drivers responsible for avoiding accidents.
There are many ways that drivers can be negligent and liable for pedestrian accidents. We’ve represented several clients that were struck by intoxicated and distracted drivers. A driver can be liable for the accident if they:
- Drive while they are intoxicated
- Drive while they are distracted, including eating while driving, using a cellphone while driving, or any activity that takes their focus away from the road.
- Refuse to stop for a pedestrian that has the right of way. Some pedestrians have crosswalks outside of intersections and drivers must be alert at all times.
- Break traffic laws, including how to stop for buses.
- Refuse to yield the right of way to pedestrians that are crossing from the other side of the road.
- Don’t stop when another vehicle is already letting the pedestrian cross the road, and much more.
There are many ways that a driver can be held liable for pedestrian accidents. As long as you are obeying all of your traffic laws, you aren’t liable. So, if a pedestrian steps out in front of you when you have the right away, then the accident is their fault.
Pedestrians can be at fault when they break the law.
Some people might think that the car is always responsible for an accident. However, there are a number of accidents where pedestrians are at fault. In busy cities, pedestrians can step out into the road at any time, and they’re not allowed to walk across roads unless they’re in crosswalks. Pedestrians can also be at fault:
- If they walk on the side of the road where there is no sidewalk.
- If they cross the road without a proper crosswalk.
- When they walk in the path of cars that would create safety issues.
- When they cross two or more intersections through linking crosswalks.
- By walking directly into oncoming traffic.
Having an experienced attorney means you have someone that knows how to build your case. We know that it’s important to start immediately investigating the details of your accident. We also want to gather witness testimony and fully research your injuries. It’s important that we accurately portray everything that happened to you if we need to go to court.
Florida leads the nation in the highest instances of pedestrian accidents.
If you think of all the tourist areas in Florida, it makes sense that there are a significant amount of pedestrian accidents. As a victim of these accidents, you can suffer from injuries that will affect you for the rest of your life. We will fight to get you a settlement that will assist you in moving forward. We know how stressful it can be trying to recover from your accident while handling all your medical bills. We want to get you a good settlement, so you can focus on your health. Contact us today to set up an appointment. We’re here to help!