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A pedestrian is at higher risk for serious injuries if they are struck by a vehicle. Our team of Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyers at Hardesty, Tyde & Ashton P.A. can help you if you were hit by a negligent driver.
Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
The Issue with Pedestrian and Car Accidents
There are literally thousands of pedestrians struck by vehicles each year in the United States. In fact, according to NHTSA, there are more than 4,000 pedestrians killed each year in accidents. Furthermore, in 2011, the majority of those fatal accidents occurred at night.
According to Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were over 6,000 injured pedestrians in 2011—and an alarming number of 500 deaths.
In Florida, drivers are required to purchase $10,000 in PIP to cover car crash injuries, but this amount is not satisfactory by any means for pedestrians.
Pedestrians are more likely to suffer from severe, costly injuries because they do not have any protection from the elements or vehicles striking them, which means they are more likely to need a personal injury lawsuit to recover their damages.
Injuries Seen in Pedestrian-Vehicle Accidents
The injuries seen in pedestrian-vehicle accidents are much more severe. While just about any injury can occur, there are some that are more common in these types of accidents, including:
- Broken bones
- Deep cuts and lacerations
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury – including severe cases of traumatic brain injury
Pedestrians who are injured in a car accident can file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver that caused the accident. This claim allows the injured party to establish negligence and collect damages from the negligent driver.
But, in order to have a successful claim, the pedestrian’s attorney must provide there was negligence by:
- Proving the driver had a duty of care to the pedestrian
- Proving that the driver breached their duty of care
- Proving that their breach of duty caused the pedestrian’s injuries and damages
Drivers are required to exercise a level of care on the road, especially when it comes to looking out for pedestrians. If a driver does not exercise that duty, they put the lives of pedestrians at risk.
There are a variety of ways a driver can breach their duty of care to pedestrians and others on the road. But, some of the more common causes for these types of pedestrian-vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to look before driving through an intersection
- Failing to look before turning right or left
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries
Pedestrian-vehicle accident victims are more likely to spend time in the hospital or even undergo multiple surgeries. Often the injuries they suffer from will last for years – if not the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. If your loved one has died because of a pedestrian-vehicle accident and associated injuries, then you need an attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve for your loss.
Just some compensation you may be entitled to include:
- Medical Costs
- Physical Therapy and/or Rehab Care
- Nursing Care
- In-Home Caseworkers
- Prescription Costs
- Hospitalizations and Surgeries
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Losses Associated with a Wrongful Death (i.e. loss of financial support, companionship, funeral/burial costs, etc.)
Contact Our Team of Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, contact the Jacksonville pedestrian lawyers at Hardesty, Tyde & Ashton P.A. today. We are here to protect our clients’ right to compensation, and we will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
We are here to meet with you when it is convenient and we can come to you if you need to speak to our team of pedestrian accident lawyers but cannot travel. Contact us now to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
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What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)