If you, a pedestrian, was injured by a vehicle, including a bicycle, you know it is painful and serious. Pedestrian accidents in Florida are on the rise. Most pedestrian accidents injure the pedestrian.
Types of Pedestrian/Vehicle Accidents
Pedestrian/vehicle accidents can be generally divided into three types.
- Parking Lot or Back-Over: These generally occur where cars are backing out of parking spaces and hit a pedestrian.
- Crosswalk: These occur when a pedestrian is legally within a crosswalk, and a vehicle fails to give right of way.
- Loss of Control: A driver loses control of their vehicle and hits a pedestrian.
Duty of Care
Both parties have a duty to act as reasonable people. Negligence occurs when one or both parties fail to do what a reasonable person in the same situation would do. To be negligent, you must show that the vehicle operator harmed the pedestrian as a result of:
- Distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, etc.)
- Failing to signal while turning or to yield the right of way
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals, including speeding
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Pedestrian/vehicle accidents easily happen if one or both parties are distracted. To prove fault, you often need a good personal injury attorney at your side. The pedestrian can be fully or partially negligent for their own injuries. The court will take the actions of both parties into consideration. If you were the pedestrian, remember that the driver’s insurance company will have a lawyer. You should definitely have your own lawyer to help you. Brian Hoag’s initial consultation is always free. He will give you his best considered opinion.
Drivers have a particular duty of care when around children. Because children are less visible or act unpredictably, drivers must take greater care around schools, parks, residential areas or in other places children are present.
Types of Tampa Pedestrian Accidents
Injuries can be very severe and have long lasting consequences. If the driver/operator was at fault, you can recover damages for your injuries, lost wages, and medical expenses.
Injuries generally include:
- Legs, hips, and feet
- Arms, hands, and shoulders
- Pelvis, including loss of pregnancy or fertility
- Head, face, and neck, including traumatic brain injuries
- Chest and torso, including severe injuries to heart and lungs
These injuries can change your life forever. You don’t need the frustration of insurance paperwork and legal and medical systems. Brian Hoag is an expert in dealing with insurance companies and the legal system. He can help you from insurance claims to criminal trials.
About Brian Hoag
Hopefully, you will never need a Tampa personal injury, but if you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement. We’ll help you get back to your life.