Pedestrian Accidents Attorney
Have you been involved in a pedestrian accident where you were struck by a car or truck?
You need a pedestrian accident lawyer to help you navigate the legal field, especially if you've sustained injuries from your accident.
The pedestrian accident lawyers at Moody Law help clients of Lakeland, FL, secure the fair compensation they deserve.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians face a heightened risk of injuries in several scenarios, particularly when motorists make right-hand turns at crosswalks. The following circumstances may increase the risk to pedestrians:
- Time of day or night
- Speed limit or average speed on the road
- Blind spots
- Intersections with or without crosswalks
Drivers' Responsibilities Under Florida Law
Yield the Right-of-Way
Section 316.130(15) of Florida law states that every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid collision with any pedestrian or human-powered vehicle. The pedestrian always has the right-of-way as a car can cause more damage to a pedestrian than the pedestrian can to a car.
Drivers must give a warning to pedestrians when necessary and exercise proper precautions. This law is in place because the motor vehicle driver is better positioned to avoid injury or death to a pedestrian even when the pedestrian may not be observing the traffic or the rules of the road.
Respect Stopped Vehicles
Drivers sometimes have to make unexpected stops for pedestrians crossing at marked or unmarked crosswalks at an intersection. Drivers at the rear of the stopped vehicle are expected to safely stop behind the paused vehicle and not pass and overtake the car in front of them.
Drivers always hold more power than pedestrians. As such, they should use defensive driving. In a pedestrian accident case where a pedestrian is crossing a roadway outside of a crosswalk, the driver of the vehicle must still be paying attention and actively looking for dangerous situations in the roadway.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian traffic accident around Lakeland, a personal injury attorney from Moody Law can help. Based in Central Florida, we serve Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Haines City, and Tampa Bay.
During a free consultation, our legal team can review the accident and discuss the potential liability of the pedestrian and the driver given the situation.
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Pedestrian Injuries From Car Accidents
According to a study in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 41.4 percent of pedestrian accident victims sustained a musculoskeletal injury. Musculoskeletal injuries affect the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs.
Head and Neck InjuriesAccording to the same pedestrian injury study, head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, were the most common injuries for pediatric pedestrian accidents. Almost 35 percent of all children involved in a pedestrian accident sustained this injury.
Unfortunately, fatalities can result from a pedestrian accident. Surviving family members of the victim may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain damages to cover funeral costs, loss of companionship, or pain and suffering.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
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Who is Liable for a Pedestrian's Injuries?
The Local Municipality
If crosswalks were poorly placed, sidewalks were ineffective, or other industrial structures were not designed to accommodate a pedestrian's right-of-way, the local municipality can be held liable for the injuries sustained from a pedestrian accident.
Insurance companies are often the first party to be held liable for the victim's injuries. In a no-fault state like Florida, your pedestrian accident attorney will first pursue a claim with your insurance company to obtain compensation for your medical bills.
A Product Manufacturer
If a flaw in a device you were using (such as a skateboard or other transportation device) caused you to veer into the path of traffic and sustain an injury, a product liability claim can be filed against the product's maker or distribution company.
It may seem like the driver of the vehicle is the obvious party at fault, but this can be difficult to prove without a pedestrian accident lawyer by your side. Our lawyers will work to obtain fair compensation for your pedestrian accident case if the driver is at fault.
Verdicts and Settlements SECURE COMPENSATION
$700,000 awarded for a pedestrian killed by a drunk driver