Florida Pedestrian Accidents: Understand Your Rights
Florida’s right-of-way laws generally require drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. You may be entitled to compensation from a driver if you were injured because they didn’t yield properly. However, Florida is also a “comparative negligence” state. That means if someone who is injured you can successfully argue that your negligence contributed at least in part to the accident occurring, you may not be entitled to full compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and related losses.
For example, a driver who hit you while you were in a crosswalk at night might try to argue that you darted out into the crosswalk without properly checking for traffic, and didn’t leave them time to stop. While their claim may not be true, proving so can be difficult if you lack the necessary expertise.
This is one of the main reasons consulting with a Florida pedestrian accident lawyer is a wise decision in these circumstances. You need assistance from an expert who can help you prove you weren’t negligent when you were injured.
Common Causes of Florida Pedestrian Accidents
There are many reasons you may one day find yourself in need of a Florida pedestrian accident attorney’s services one day. They include (but are not limited to):
- Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way
- Intoxicated drivers not noticing you or being too intoxicated to stop their vehicles in a timely manner
- Drivers ignoring traffic signals
- Reckless drivers exceeding the speed limit
- Distracted drivers
Those are merely a few examples. They highlight the importance of keeping a watchful eye out when walking near Florida drivers.
That said, even if you are careful, sometimes a pedestrian accident resulting from someone else’s negligence is unavoidable. The injuries such an accident may cause can have a profound and long-term impact on your quality of life. As a pedestrian, you’re extremely vulnerable, and may thus be more likely to sustain serious injuries that a vehicle’s structure might have protected you from if you were a driver or a passenger. While no one can change what happened in the past if you’ve sustained these types of injuries in a Florida pedestrian accident, our Florida pedestrian accident lawyers at LJ Law Group can protect your rights going forward.
Why LJ Law Group?
Results matter when choosing a Florida personal injury law firm. That’s why you should hire an attorney at LJ Law Group. We can point to numerous past cases in which we’ve helped our clients secure the compensation they deserve. We can also provide testimonials from many former clients who’ve raved about our services. Get started by scheduling a free consultation today.