In Florida, there were 8,258 pedestrian accidents in 2012. According to Florida Traffic Crash Facts, these accidents caused 472 pedestrian fatalities and 7,413 injuries over the course of the year. Overall, the number of pedestrian accidents has increased more than 17 percent over the past three years and the number of pedestrians injured has increased almost 20 percent.
Many of these pedestrian crashes occur because drivers behave in an unsafe way and do not respect the rights of those who walk on Florida’s roads. If a driver is to blame for a pedestrian accident, the motorist should be held legally responsible for the costs of resulting injuries.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our experienced lawyers have been representing Florida pedestrians since 1997 and we have helped many motor vehicle accident victims recover large settlements and jury verdicts. We offer free case evaluations and representation with no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. Give us a call today to speak with a member of our legal team about your case.
Drivers have an obligation to exercise reasonable caution at all times behind the wheel and to ensure that they are sharing the road safely with pedestrians. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers speed, are drunk or drowsy, use their cell phones, are focused on other distractions, or simply make careless driving errors.
If a driver breaks a safety rule or is unreasonably careless in a way that causes a pedestrian to get hurt, the walker who was harmed or his surviving family members may pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Pedestrian accidents can cause serious and permanent injuries that are expensive to treat. The goal of an injury or wrongful death claim is to ensure that the victim of a pedestrian collision has enough money to meet his or her medical needs. If the injury causes an inability to work, to lose the earnings of a deceased love one, or to experience lost companionship or a decline in quality of life, then you should also be compensated. In fact, pedestrian accident damages should include:
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we can help you put together proof that you deserve compensation and can work to show how badly you were harmed.
Pedestrian accident cases can settle out of court or may be decided by a jury. We are prepared to represent you in negotiating a settlement agreement or in proving your pedestrian accident claim in trial. Our Florida attorneys have a reputation as experienced litigators and skilled negotiators and we are ready to put our legal knowledge to work for you. Contact us at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Orlando, Okeechobee today to learn how we can help.