Maitland Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Florida has the nation’s third highest death rate of pedestrians per 100,000 people. This is largely thanks to a lack of pedestrian infrastructure, wide surface streets, and high speed limits that the state has created. But first and foremost, it is the fault of each individual driver who was either distracted, drunk, speeding, or otherwise driving negligently at the time of the fatal or injury-causing crash. If you or a loved one were injured as a pedestrian, our Maitland pedestrian accident attorneys at The Hornsby Law Group will fight for your rights every step of the way while we seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Top Eight Types of Pedestrian Collisions
- Hit while crossing the crosswalk, with or without a light
- Hit on the sidewalk by a car pulling out of/into a parking lot or side street
- Hit by a driver while the pedestrian was crossing the street not at a crosswalk (the driver is still likely at fault)
- Hit by a driver while the pedestrian was walking along the side of the road or on the shoulder
- Hit in a parking lot
- Hit by a driver backing out of their driveway
- Hit by a bus while getting on/off the bus, or by a car driver while walking around a bus after exiting
- Hit by a passing car while getting in or out of a vehicle
Damages in a Maitland Pedestrian Accident Claim
- Medical expenses
- Future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning ability
- Loss of joy of life
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
Seeking Compensation Through Your UM Policy if the Driver Fled the Scene
The sad truth is that, given the chance, about one out of four drivers will flee the scene (commit a hit and run). This is evidenced in the fact that one out of four pedestrian deaths is caused by a hit and run crash. Because the driver can get away due to minimal vehicular damage, they choose to do so. Hit and runs are very common in pedestrian collisions, and they would likely be equally common in vehicle-vehicle collisions if it were possible to get away as easily as it is in a vehicle-pedestrian collision. Fortunately, if you have auto insurance, you can utilize your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy (your UM policy) if you were struck by a driver and they A) fled the scene and were never found, B) they were uninsured, or C) they were insured but your damages exceeded their insurance policy limits. Using your UM policy requires filing a claim with your insurance company, and potentially filing a lawsuit as well if they do not agree upon the terms of your compensation.
Call a Maitland Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
There is no excuse when it comes to hitting a pedestrian. Drivers operating deadly weapons—which every vehicle is—have a responsibility to always be paying attention and looking out for vulnerable road users like pedestrians. If you were hit, call the Maitland pedestrian injury attorneys at The Hornsby Law Group to schedule a free consultation today.