Miami Pedestrian Accidents Attorney
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately becoming increasingly more common as more individuals opt to take the “walking” route over the driving route. Vehicle drivers often do not expect to see pedestrians on the roadways and either turn without checking for pedestrians, or otherwise remain ignorant of pedestrians on the roadways. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to receive damages for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
In 2014, there were a reported 8.838 pedestrian accidents, which represents a slight increase in the number of pedestrian accidents which were reported in 2013. Out of this number, only a small percentage of the accidents resulted in fatalities. However, the majority of injuries which occur to pedestrians are often severe and can result in weeks, if not months, spent in a hospital recovering from injuries. Pedestrians do not have the available protection of a steel frame, or even helmets, and are therefore especially vulnerable when involved in a car accident.The highest number of pedestrian accidents occurred in Miami-Dade County, a pedestrian friendly city. However, Miami also contains a large number of tourists who speed through the city without paying particular attention to the pedestrians on the roadways. Unfortunately, this can result in severe injuries to any pedestrians, who do not have any way to protect themselves from the impact of a multi ton vehicle barreling at them.
Florida Personal Injury Recovery
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that if a victim is a percentage responsible for the resulting injuries, the amount of damages the victim could receive could be limited. For example, if a victim crossed at a crosswalk which was not green for the pedestrian, this could play a role into the extent the victim is found liable for the accident. However, vehicle drivers should always yield to pedestrians and therefore the vehicle driver could still be found responsible, regardless of the actions of the pedestrian.The victim of a pedestrian accident may be able to recover damages including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
An experienced accident attorney will be able to assist you in calculating the amount of damages which you are entitled to receive after an accident, including projecting the amount of future damages, such as future earnings. It is important to refrain from speaking with the insurance company prior to speaking to an attorney. Insurance companies will attempt to coerce you to accept their settlement offer, which often does not take into account a vast majority of your medical expenses and future expenses. Once you sign a settlement offer, you may be precluded from bringing a claim in the future, and it is therefore important to discuss this matter with an attorney prior to accepting the offer.
Lipcon & Lipcon | Miami, FL Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Lipcon & Lipcon. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling the issues involved in any automobile accident, and will work closely with you during this time. Pedestrians are often attempting to take the healthier alternative to get to their home or place of business. Contact our Miami, Florida office today for your initial free consultation.