Florida is one of the few states to experience warm weather all-year round. Because of this, many Fort Lauderdale residents prefer their feet or bicycles to their motor vehicles. Sadly, some pedestrians end up getting injured by one of those motor vehicles. Pedestrians who have been injured in a car accident can file a personal injury suit against the driver that hit them.
While pedestrians are expected to use reasonable care when walking in public, drivers are also expected to act responsibly behind the wheel. Drivers owe a duty to pedestrians to exercise reasonable care while operating their vehicles. Breaching that duty can be an example of negligence. Drivers who run red lights, speed, drive while distracted or drive while under the influence could be considered legally negligent. By establishing negligence and proving that the driver's negligence caused their injuries, injured pedestrians may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages in court. Medical expenses, emotional trauma, lost income and many other costs can be covered.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), close to 5,000 pedestrians die in car accidents every year. These accidents can occur for a multitude of reasons. Speeding drivers, poor visibility and failure to pay attention are some of the main causes of pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrian accidents often result in more serious injuries than accidents involving only cars. Cars protect motorists by providing them with a metal protection of sorts. Pedestrians involved in car accidents are typically not protected at all and are hit by the cars directly. Because of the severe injuries that can occur, it is important for injured pedestrians to know that they have legal options.
Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview," accessed on Jan. 30, 2017