Pedestrian accidents occur all too often in Florida, sometimes resulting in severe injury or death to the victims.
Being aware of rights and responsibilities as a pedestrian can help individuals avoid accidents and protect their rights.
Rules of the Road
Florida has laws that address the responsibilities of pedestrians and motorists. Both groups are expected to exercise due care when they are on or near roadways. They must also obey all traffic devices, such as crosswalk signals.
Florida has comparative fault laws. This means that, if an accident occurs, the fault of each party is weighed if one party is not completely at fault. For example, if a pedestrian is injured in an accident caused by his own negligence that could have been prevented if a driver had exhibited more care, both parties may be found at fault to some degree.
Today, pedestrians may be at risk for various reasons. One growing concern is distracted driving. Other drivers may drive in an unsafe manner by not looking for pedestrians.
Effect of Police Investigations
Police do not directly control whether a pedestrian or his or her family can pursue a civil suit. Even if there was no investigation or an unfavorable investigation, this information does not preclude a civil claim.
Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, a Florida pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to help. An experienced attorney can discuss the facts of the case, Florida law and whether a victim may eligible for compensation for his or her injuries
Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation and evaluation of your case with an experienced lawyer.