Clearwater Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian Accident Claims in Florida
Florida is one of the deadliest states in the U.S. when it comes to pedestrian accidents. In 2019, a Miami Herald article published data from a report called “Dangerous by Design” that ranked the deadliest cities for pedestrians in the nation. The study revealed that nine of the top 20 cities that were most dangerous for pedestrians were all located in Florida, including the number one spot—Orlando.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a collision with a vehicle while on foot or a bicycle, Idrizi Law Group can help. Our Clearwater pedestrian accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Tampa Bay area with personalized attention and experienced counsel. We can help you receive the full fair and just compensation you need to make your best recovery.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
What makes pedestrian accidents so common in Florida? There are many possibilities. Many of Florida’s roads were built with only motor vehicles in mind, making the infrastructure unsafe for people on foot and bicycles. Older adults, which Florida has a large population of, are more at risk to pedestrian accidents than others. Another potential cause was cited as the growing popularity of SUVs and pickup trucks, which are much more likely to kill a pedestrian in a crash. Finally, Florida is warm and sunny for much of the year, and locals and visitors alike often take to streets to enjoy the outdoors.
However, the root cause of most pedestrian accidents is human error. Typically, the driver of a passenger or commercial vehicle is simply not watching out for cyclists and people on foot while they drive, so accidents happen.
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Bad weather
- Drinking and driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drugged driving
- Failure to use turn signals
- Low light conditions
- Poor road design
- Reckless driving
- Running red lights and stop signs
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Usually, when a motor vehicle and a person collide, it is the pedestrian who loses. Being hit by a car doesn’t always result in serious injuries, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to worry about costly medical bills and other expenses should you get hit—even a minor concussion may result in expensive medical testing and time taken off work to recover.
Some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries in Florida are:
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Scrapes and bruises
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Wrongful death
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you have been hit by a motor vehicle while on foot or a bicycle, there are some things you should do right away in order to protect your health and your insurance claim. Though you may be understandably shaken and in pain, it is best to start collecting evidence related to the accident immediately if you are physically able to.
As soon as possible following your accident, do as much of the following as you can:
- Get medical help: Call an ambulance right away if you or someone else has been seriously hurt. If you need to go to a hospital right away, go. Otherwise, stay on the scene long enough to complete the next steps and then head to the doctor for a checkup. Do this even if you aren’t in any pain—the adrenaline and other chemicals activated after a traumatic event like a pedestrian accident can mask the severity of your injuries and delaying treatment may make the damage even worse.
- Exchange information: Make sure you get the contact and insurance information of the motorist who hit you. Also, speak to any witnesses and write down their contact information as well. However, make sure you don’t apologize for the accident or say anything else that might implicate that you were at fault.
- File a police report: The police will also collect important information from everyone involved in the crash, including witnesses, as well as statements from the victim and the motorist. These records can act as valuable evidence for your claim, so don’t be afraid to get law enforcement on your side.
- Contact a lawyer: Before giving a statement to either side’s insurance company or posting about the accident on social media, call a lawyer. Most pedestrian accident lawyers—including us—provide free legal advice, so there is nothing to lose from picking up the phone. A lawyer can help you figure out your next steps and identify whether you have a potential personal injury claim.
The Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyers at Idrizi Law Group are available 24/7 and are willing to travel to you, so don’t hesitate to call if you have been hurt in a crash. We’ll be at your side right away.
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$250,000 Serious Injuries
In May 2018 we recovered the bodily injury policy limits of $200,000 and the underinsured policy limits of $50,000 for both the driver and passenger of the crashed vehicle.
$200,000 Hit & Run Victim
Client was using the Clearwater Beach roundabout when a distracted driver collided with him and left the scene of the accident.
$161,000 Serious Injuries
In October of 2016, our clients were involved in a motor vehicle accident that results in spinal injuries to the driver.
$150,000 DUI Victim
Due to the velocity of the at-fault party’s vehicle, the victim’s car was forced to collide with the other vehicles stopped in front of her. The impact our client suffered caused injuries that required significant treatment for recovery.
$150,000 Serious Injuries
The at-fault party was looking at the accident across the street instead of the traffic in front of him and hit our client without braking at a speed of over 50 MPH.
$125,000 High Speed Collision
Our client was awarded the bodily injury policy limit of $25,000 and was also awarded the underinsured motorist policy limit of $100,000.
$110,000 Side Impact Collision Resulting in Whiplash
Our client was traveling at a legal speed when another car exiting a shopping plaza negligently collided with the passenger’s side of our client’s vehicle.
$100,000 Attorney Colleague Injured in Crash
In July 2020, only 2 months after being hired, we received the maximum bodily injury policy limits for our client which resulted in a $100,000 recovery.
$100,000 Leg Injury
Our client was walking back to his car at the Home Depot parking lot when a parked vehicle backed into him unexpectedly injuring his leg.
$100,000 Serious Injuries
This amount is the maximum bodily injury policy limits the at-fault driver had available. We were happy to see her medical care resolve her extensive injuries requiring back surgery.