At any given time, you can see people walking all over Florida’s urban areas. Walking is free and great exercise, so it’s no secret why many people walk from place to place. However, while walking is generally thought of as completely safe, this is not always the case. When an oncoming vehicle hits a pedestrian, they are very often severely injured as a result. This is why those injured very often seek financial compensation to help their recovery along. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What most frequently contributes to pedestrian accidents?
Several factors can contribute to pedestrian accidents. Depending on the weather or season, wet leaves or heavy rain can cause a car to swerve off the road. Sometimes, inadequately-lit parking lots, garages, and roads can cause a motorist to not see a pedestrian. Unfortunately, the most avoidable, though also the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence.
What are some examples of driver negligence?
Some ways in which a motorist can behave negligently are as follows:
- Texting while driving
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Failing to check blind spots
- Disregarding traffic signs or lights
- Navigating directions while driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
How do I know if I qualify for financial compensation following an accident in Florida?
To qualify for compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is sometimes easier said than done, so if you wish to pursue a lawsuit, you must hire an experienced attorney to fight for your rights.
How can I prove another party’s negligence?
Fortunately, there are several actions your attorney can take to prove your personal injury claim. First, your attorney will recover security camera footage of your accident, pictures of your accident and its aftermath, or both. Your attorney will also use police reports, witness statements verifying your claim, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries and more to prove your personal injury claim.
What is the statute of limitations in Florida?
The statute of limitations is the period of time from the date of your accident that you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations in Florida is four years, meaning you have four years to file a claim.
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Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.