Crosswalks in Florida can be dangerous when drivers are distracted or otherwise not paying attention to the road. No one expects to go for a walk and get hit by a vehicle, but it does happen. Pedestrian accidents are very common in the state of Florida. In fact, Florida is consistently shown to be one of the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has reported that each year there are over 5,000 pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle related accidents, and about 75,000 pedestrians who suffer serious injuries when hit by a motor vehicle. In fact, Data shows that Florida is one of the states with the highest number of pedestrian car accidents in the U.S. Apparently, 9 of the top 30 cities in the U.S. with high rates of pedestrian car accidents are all located in Florida.
Serious injuries can happen when a car hits a pedestrian. Some of the more serious injuries include brain injuries, spinal injuries, fractures, lacerations, paralysis, and loss of limbs. Pedestrians who are struck by a car may also suffer other injuries including back injuries, internal organ damage, or other potentially life threatening injuries. In some instances, pedestrians do not survive the trauma associated with being struck by a motor vehicle. Even a minor injury can force a trip to the emergency room along with follow-up visits, prescription medication, diagnostic tests, and the like. Serious injuries may require hospitalization, surgeries, or even long-term medical treatment and care. As you can see, pedestrian accidents are scary, and as the population in Florida continues to grow, pedestrian accidents are likely to increase. This is because as the number of cars on the roads continues to increase, so do the number of accidents. When a pedestrian is injured due to someone else’s negligence, a pedestrian can recover damages for the injuries sustained. You should consult with a personal injury lawyer if you were injured in a pedestrian accident. This is important because many victims of pedestrian accidents are unaware of their rights.
Most personal injury lawyers will offer a free evaluation of your pedestrian accident, which is a good thing to take advantage of in case your injuries turnout to be more severe than you initially thought. If your injury attorney thinks you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for both monetary and non-monetary damages. If you are able to prove that the driver who caused your accident was operating their vehicle in a negligent manner, you can recover for your losses. Monetary damages comprise of wages you are unable to earn during your recovery period, medical treatment and medication, surgical procedures, and rehabilitation costs. Non-monetary damages comprise of pain and suffering and even punitive damages in some cases. Sadly, not all pedestrians who are hit by a car survive to file a personal injury claim.
In these situations, the law in Florida allows for the survivors of the deceased person to file a wrongful death claim against the party who is responsible for the death. A family who has lost a loved one in a pedestrian car accident should contact an injury lawyer for legal advice. Wrongful death claims must be filed by a person appointed by the deceased person’s estate. For surviving family members, no amount of compensation will replace the loss of a loved one, but survivors should not have to bear the financial costs associated with such an overwhelming loss. If the family of the deceased person decide to file a wrongful death claim, it can help recover compensation to pay for medical bills associated with your loved one’s care before their death, the unforeseen costs of funeral and burial expenses, and lost income the deceased person was earning or was expected to earn before their death that are lost to your family as a result of their death. It is important to note that wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the death that is the subject of the claim. Wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the death.
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No matter how much we plan in life, everyone faces unexpected consequences. The passing of a loved one or enduring a particular injury pressures people to look for assistance in the hopes to bring closure from the unforeseen event. The team at Suarez & Montero understands the burden of unforeseen events and can help victims overcome these unfortunate events. If you or your loved one was injured while trying to cross the street due to another’s negligence, the attorneys at Suarez & Montero Car Accident Attorneys can help. We understand that accidents can have a huge impact on you and your family. At the Law Offices of Suarez & Montero Car Accident Attorneys, you are never just another file or claim to us you are part of our family and your well-being are just as important to us as if you were our own family. Our skillful attorneys are genuinely committed to our clients. We will fight to make sure that you get the maximum amount of compensation owed to you. Let us help you get the medical care you need and fight to make sure you are compensated for your injuries! Our attorneys are ready to provide proven legal representation in pursuing your claim and stand ready to protect your rights. We are available 4 to give you a free, no risk case consultation.