Pedestrians are likely to suffer serious injury when they are hit by negligent drivers. Pedestrians, unlike drivers, are not protected by a metal casing; instead, they are directly exposed to the impact of a vehicle, as well as damage caused by the street. If you or a loved one were hit while on a sidewalk or crossing the street, you might be facing significant injury, hospital time, missed work, along with medical bills and other expenses. You do not have to face these hardships alone.
Sarah Goldman Geise provides personal, individualized service for her injured clients. She has spent years recovering millions of dollars for plaintiffs injured by the negligence of others, and she is ready to fight for you and your family. Whether you were the victim of a hit-and-run accident or you are facing a protracted legal battle with an insurance company or negligent driver, Goldman Law, P.A. is here to provide the dedicated service you need to get the damages you are owed.
Pedestrian Accidents Are Very Common
As surprising as it may seem, pedestrians are hurt or killed in traffic accidents with alarming regularity in Florida and across the country. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across the country in 2018, representing a 3.4 percent increase over 2017. This is the highest single-year pedestrian fatality count in 30 years. The risk of fatal damage to pedestrians appears to only be increasing. In Florida, over 6,000 pedestrians are injured in traffic accidents every year.
NHTSA reports that the vast majority (76 percent) of pedestrian accidents occur after dark, between 6:00 p.m. and midnight. The lack of light and increased risk of drunk drivers at night are strong contributing factors. Pedestrian behavior may also contribute to these accidents: 36 percent of pedestrians killed had alcohol in their system, and 74 percent of pedestrians killed were crossing in the middle of the road or otherwise without a proper intersection.
What Can an Injured Pedestrian Recover?
If you were hit by a car or motorcycle as a pedestrian, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result. A dedicated pedestrian accident attorney can help you build your case, demonstrate liability for the accident, and prove the extent of your injuries and other damages.
Injured pedestrians may be able to recover damages, including:
- Medical bills, including past, present, and future medical treatment
- Lost wages and lost future income due to disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death and associated damages such as funeral expenses and loss of companionship
You will need to prove that you were hurt in an accident and that the driver or other party was at fault. The driver may try to argue, for example, that you contributed to the accident by walking across the street without the protection of a crosswalk. If your actions contributed to the accident, your recovery may be diminished by your percentage of fault. A seasoned personal injury lawyer will help you maximize your recovery by demonstrating the true extent of your injuries, proving the fault of the other parties involved, and limiting your own fault for the accident.
Reach Out to an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a Florida pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to damages. Our dedicated and seasoned personal injury team is ready to handle your case with focus and care. Our priority is to ensure that you get just compensation for the harm you and your family have suffered. Call the compassionate pedestrian injury attorney at Goldman Law, P.A. for a free consultation and let us see how we can help you recover after your pedestrian traffic accident.