Pedestrian Accidents (Pedestrian Knockdown)
Palm Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Although we tend to think as south Florida as a paradise – and of course, in so many ways it is – south Florida is also the fourth most dangerous location in the United States for pedestrians. Particularly in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, pedestrians – and especially senior pedestrians – can suffer severe personal injuries. Sometimes these are disabling injuries; other times, they’re fatal.
When steel and glass smash into a human being, the results are often tragic. If you’ve suffered a personal injury as a pedestrian in Palm Beach County or anywhere in Florida, contact an experienced Palm Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorney right away at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses and more. The most frequent causes of pedestrian injuries in south Florida are:
- Speeding or brake failure
- Failure to yield at a signal, stop sign, or crosswalk
- Loss of vehicular control
- Drunk driving
Better roadway designs, wider sidewalks, and more crosswalks with signals will help, but serious personal injuries to pedestrians will probably never be entirely eliminated in south Florida or anywhere else where cars and people share the same public space. Almost anyone at any time can be an “innocent bystander” – minding one’s own business – who becomes a victim. If you were a pedestrian injured in a traffic accident in south Florida, you’re going to need the services of a good pedestrian accident lawyer who will evaluate your situation, outline your legal options, and work to have your medical expenses and lost wages promptly compensated.
At Risk Individuals
The National Complete Streets Coalition reaffirmed that older pedestrians are more at risk than other age groups. Adults age 65 and older account for 21 percent of the fatalities in pedestrian accidents. Obviously, drivers need to avoid texting while driving and driving under the influence; they need to keep their vehicles maintained for safety; and they should obey all traffic laws and regulations. Drivers – and especially younger drivers in south Florida – should also understand that age has its difficulties. At any moment when you’re older, even in the middle of crossing the street, a knee can give out; a limb can “fall asleep”; or a dizzy spell can happen. When you’re driving in south Florida, a little patience is imperative, and it goes a long way toward keeping everyone safe on our streets.
Avoid walking long distances without consulting your doctor. In fact, consult your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise program, after you reach the age of 60. Walk only in the daytime. Avoid walking at night. You may be at a much higher risk of being injured in an accident at night. Motorists are less likely to see you in the darkness, and you’re also much less likely to spot and identify risks in your environment.
It is also important for motorists to look out for schoolchildren to prevent accidents. Do not pass a stopped school bus. Take special precautions when you’re driving around the school bus. The 10 feet around a school bus is a danger area, and children are at the highest risk of being struck by a car when they are in this area. Look out carefully for child pedestrians. When you see a stopped school bus, look out for a flashing light that will alert you that the bus is either preparing to load or unload children.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, discuss filing a claim for compensation with a Palm Beach pedestrian accident lawyer.
Filing A Claim When The Pedestrian Is At Fault
Most pedestrian accidents are caused because motorists fail to look out for pedestrian when they are driving, or fail to yield to pedestrians. However, in some cases, pedestrians may be injured in an accident caused because they were distracted, inattentive, or in violation of traffic rules. Are you eligible for compensation if you are involved in a accident while you were, say, texting while walking?
The answer to this question is yes. Often, accident victims in Florida fail to file their legal rights to a claim to seek compensation for the damages that they have suffered in the pedestrian accident, because they believe that they are not eligible for damages. This is a financially catastrophic mistake to make. You are eligible for damages in compensation for your losses after an accident, even if you were partly responsible for the accident.
Say for instance, the pedestrian was texting while walking, or inattentive, or walking against oncoming traffic, or walking at night while wearing black clothes, the pedestrian may be held by a court to have been partly responsible for his own injuries. The insurer may claim that the pedestrian by his own negligence contributed to his accident. In such cases, the jury will apply Florida’s doctrine of comparative negligence. Under this doctrine, a pedestrian is eligible for damages, which will be reduced by the extent of liability. Say, for instance, in your accident, a jury could find that a motorist was 90% responsible for your injuries, while they were 10% responsible. Therefore, your damages will be reduced by 10%.
Speak to a pedestrian accident lawyer in Florida about filing a claim for damages.
Wrongful Death And Pedestrians
If you’ve lost a loved one, a wrongful death claim can at least help your family recover compensation for the unforeseen costs associated with a loved one’s sudden passing. The Palm Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin have 30 years of experience defending pedestrian accident victims and their families, and our record speaks for itself. When a negotiated settlement is not possible, we will take your case to trial and use all of our considerable resources and experience on your behalf.
Schedule A Consultation Now
If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian – or if you’re injured in the future – call for a free consultation immediately after receiving medical treatment. We never charge a client until you are awarded the compensation you need. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident in Palm Beach County or anywhere across Florida, and another person’s negligence caused your injury, speak to an experienced Palm Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorney today at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin. Call us at 561-557-4546, or complete the form on our Contact Page and take your first step toward the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.