Pedestrian accidents are different from ordinary auto accidents because of the extreme vulnerability of a pedestrian. Unlike the steel bars and airbags of the automobile or truck, the pedestrian is completely exposed to the potential injuries that they can suffer from being hit by a car.
If you or a loved one has been a pedestrian struck by a car or truck in Southwest Florida, let Boohoff Law’s pedestrian accident attorneys help you attain the recovery appropriate to your injuries.
With many years of experience in pedestrian accident cases like yours, our North Port personal injury lawyers will evaluate your case and lead the fight for your compensation with negotiation or litigation, whichever is necessary, while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
Your insurance company may not be telling you everything. Know what you’re entitled to with a free consultation. Rest assured that we will never charge any fees unless we win.
Last year saw an increase in crashes in Sarasota County and North Port, with a corresponding increase in fatalities. In particular, pedestrian fatalities continue to rise sharply.
The North Port area has some of the state’s most pedestrian injuries and fatalities. For this reason, the Sheriff’s Office has special enforcement areas, focusing on eight specific areas of the county.
The goal is to increase drivers’ awareness of and compliance with traffic rules and regulations meant to protect pedestrians. Enforcement will focus primarily on education though some citations may be issued.
Florida generally has excellent weather and lots of tourists, which encourages pedestrians. However, for about four months of the year, heavy rain or even hurricanes create dangerous driving conditions. Add the number of elderly drivers and pedestrians in Florida, and you have volatile driving situations with likely accidents.
A pedestrian is anyone using the walkways or roads without a vehicle. They include walkers, joggers and runners, cyclists, skateboarders, and roller skaters.
Some of the conditions most likely to cause pedestrian accidents are:
To recover damages in a personal injury or car accident case, you must allege and prove that someone acted carelessly. You must then prove that their carelessness caused the injuries for which you seek compensation.
As you struggle to recover from your pedestrian accident, you need to focus your energy and attention on that recovery. Insurance company adjusters and lawyers are pros—their day job is to get you to accept the lowest possible settlement.
A pedestrian accident attorney at Boohoff Law can remove the burden of dealing with insurance companies from your shoulders. Let them bring their skill and talent to your problem and work aggressively to obtain the appropriate recovery for you.
In an accident involving a pedestrian and any car or truck, the physics greatly favor the vehicle. The average car or small truck weighs well more than 4,000 pounds, which is ten times the heaviest likely pedestrian. Further, the vehicle is solid and rigid, with its occupants well protected.
At the same time, the pedestrian has no protection, is not anticipating the collision, and is completely vulnerable to the forces of the vehicle. Thus, typical injuries are severe, and fatalities frequent.
Some of these more common injuries are:
Everyone at an accident will have some idea of who is at fault (usually the other party from whoever has the opinion). And the police will file an accident report indicating who they think is at fault; they may even issue citations against one or more parties in the accident.
However, to receive compensation for your injuries, you will need to prove that someone’s negligence caused them. An experienced and knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorney from Boohoff Law can help you do that.
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