Winter Park Pedestrian Accident Attorney
With our lack of pedestrian infrastructure, massive vehicles, and high speed limits, the US is not a friendly place for pedestrians. And Florida is nearly at the top of the list when it comes to pedestrian injuries and deaths. Here in Florida, one pedestrian is killed every 10 hours. Many more are seriously hurt. If you are the victim of a driver’s carelessness or recklessness, you can hold them accountable for their actions by filing a personal injury claim. The Winter Park pedestrian accident attorneys at The Hornsby Law Group are here to help you during your time of need.
Damages in a Pedestrian Claim
Plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for their economic and non economic damages. If the driver’s insurance policy is not enough to cover your costs (or if the driver fled the scene and was never found), you can seek additional compensation through your own uninsured motorist policy.
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of joy of life
- Property damage
Where Most Pedestrian Collisions Occur
- Crosswalk Collisions—Most pedestrian collisions happen at crosswalks, caused by drivers making left or right turns. Drivers who blow through stop signs or stop lights are even more dangerous because of their speed.
- Parking Lot Collisions—Even drivers are pedestrians at some point in their journey. Parking lots are a prime location for a low-speed, but still serious, pedestrian collision. Drivers must yield to pedestrians in parking lots, parking garages, and other parking areas such as driveways.
- Sidewalk Collisions—Even the sidewalk is not safe. Not only can a distracted or drunk driver easily hop the curb, but drivers are constantly pulling in and out of side streets and parking lots, which pedestrians on sidewalks have to cross. Pedestrians, in these situations, have the right of way.
- Roads Without Sidewalks—Many roads, particularly on the outskirts of Winter Park, do not have sidewalks. Walkers and runners are allowed to use these roads, and drivers are obligated to pass with a safety distance between themselves and the pedestrian.
Crossing at Non Crosswalks
The term Jaywalking is a common misconception. Here in Florida, there is no such thing as Jaywalking; it does not appear anywhere in state statutes, for one thing. For another, it is legal in most places to cross the street if the street does not have a crosswalk. Pedestrians are simply required to yield to cars in this type of situation. However, a pedestrian who was crossing the street not at a crosswalk and gets hit is not automatically at fault. If the driver was speeding, drunk, driving without their lights on at night, or driving aggressively, the driver can still be liable in a personal injury claim.
Call a Winter Park Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Pedestrians typically suffer very serious injuries, including multiple fractures, concussion, lacerations, and soft tissue damage. If you were injured in a pedestrian collision, call the Winter Park pedestrian accident attorneys at The Hornsby Law Group today to schedule a free consultation.