Tenacious Attorneys in Clermont, Tavares and Inverness Defend Victims of Pedestrian Car Accidents
Not all traffic accident victims enjoy the protection of a vehicle
Pedestrian car accidents cause some of the most severe injuries litigated in personal injury cases. When a completely unshielded human body is struck by thousands of pounds of metal traveling at extreme speeds, the forces involved can be devastating. If you or a loved one has suffered a pedestrian accident in Central Florida, contact the dedicated team at Largey Law today.
What are the most common types of pedestrian accidents?
Understanding how personal injury law relates to pedestrian accidents begins by understanding the most common types of these incidents.
- Motor vehicles striking pedestrians. Most pedestrian accidents involve a car, truck or other motor vehicle hitting someone walking alongside or across a roadway. Sometimes a negligent act by the motorist is at fault, such as speeding or ignoring traffic signals.
- Slips and falls. Walkways are often littered with potholes, cracks and other hazardous conditions. These can easily cause a pedestrian to fall and injure him or herself.
- Falling debris. Pedestrians are often struck by objects that have fallen from construction areas, overpasses and commercial zones.
How is fault determined in a pedestrian accident?
In personal injury law, the question of whether someone is legally liable for the injuries resulting from a pedestrian accident hinges on the question of negligence. The negligent, liable party is the one who does not demonstrate a reasonable standard of care given the circumstances of the accident.
But real life is rarely black and white, and more than one party can fail to demonstrate care in a pedestrian accident. For example, a jaywalking pedestrian may be considered at least partially negligent in the accident.
For incidents like this one, Florida uses a standard of comparative negligence. During litigation, a certain percentage of the fault for the accident may be assigned to all of the parties involved. And if you end up obtaining compensation, the amount you receive will likely be reduced by the percentage of fault allocated to you by the judge or jury.
What should I do if I am hit by a car?
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and you are physically able to do so, always obtain the contact information of all involved parties. At times, this is not always possible. One of the most complicated types of cases is a hit and run where the negligent party cannot be identified.
In any accident where you have little protection, you should see a doctor immediately. Not all injuries present immediate symptoms.
Finally, contact experienced attorneys like the ones at Largey Law in Central Florida.
Put a dedicated lawyer in your corner following a pedestrian accident
Few traffic accidents cause injuries as serious as those involving pedestrians do. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, contact the injury lawyers at Largey Law Reach us at 352.508.1485 or online to arrange a free initial consultation. We offer convenient office locations in Tavares, Inverness and Clermont, and can schedule your appointment around your unique needs. Se habla español.