Coral Gables Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
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Pedestrians have the right of way in most cases. This means that drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. Unfortunately, even though drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians, accidents can still occur. If you were hit by a car while walking down the street, you may be able to file an injury claim against the driver's insurance company.
The Coral Gables pedestrian accident attorneys at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen know how to navigate the legal system in order to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. Our team is dedicated to helping you recover the full value of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We will fight to ensure that you are provided the care you need to recover from your injuries.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
A pedestrian accident refers to a collision or incident involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, such as a car, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle. These accidents can result in varying degrees of injury or even fatalities, as pedestrians are particularly vulnerable when they come into contact with vehicles due to the stark difference in size, weight, and protection.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles include:
- Distracted Driving: When drivers are distracted by activities like texting, talking on the phone, eating, or adjusting the radio, they may not notice pedestrians in their vicinity.
- Speeding: Excessive speed reduces a driver's reaction time and the distance needed to stop, making it more difficult to avoid collisions with pedestrians who may suddenly appear in front of their vehicle.
- Failure to Yield the Right of Way: Drivers who do not yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks, intersections, or other designated pedestrian zones can cause accidents.
- Running Red Lights and Stop Signs: Disregarding traffic signals and signs can result in collisions with pedestrians who have the right of way.
- Impaired Driving: Alcohol or drug impairment can severely impair a driver's judgment, coordination, and reaction time, leading to a higher risk of pedestrian accidents.
- Backing Up Without Checking: Drivers who reverse without checking for pedestrians behind their vehicle, especially in parking lots and driveways, pose a significant risk.
- Poor Visibility: Low light conditions, bad weather, and obstructed views can make it difficult for both drivers and pedestrians to see each other, increasing the chances of accidents.
- Failure to Signal Turns: When drivers fail to signal their intentions to turn, pedestrians may not anticipate the vehicle's movement, leading to collisions.
- Aggressive Driving: Aggressive behaviors such as road rage, tailgating, and weaving in and out of traffic can create dangerous situations for pedestrians.
- Inadequate Infrastructure: Poorly designed roads, lack of crosswalks, missing signage, and absence of sidewalks can make it more challenging for pedestrians to navigate safely.
- Driver Fatigue: Fatigued drivers have reduced alertness and reaction times, increasing the risk of accidents with pedestrians.
- Inexperienced or Elderly Drivers: Inexperienced drivers or older individuals with diminished cognitive and physical abilities may struggle to respond to pedestrian-related hazards adequately.
- Mechanical Failures: Vehicle malfunctions, such as brake failures or steering problems, can result in accidents involving pedestrians.
- Reckless Driving: Engaging in dangerous behaviors like street racing or performing stunts on the road can lead to catastrophic pedestrian accidents.
Who is Liable for a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?
In many cases, the driver of the motor vehicle may be found liable for a pedestrian accident if their negligent actions directly caused the accident. If the driver's actions led to the accident, they can be held liable for the pedestrian's injuries and other damages.
While pedestrians generally have the right of way in crosswalks and at intersections, they also have a duty to exercise reasonable care for their own safety. If a pedestrian's actions contributed to the accident, they may be found partially at fault. Florida follows a comparative negligence system, which means that even if the pedestrian is partially responsible for the accident, they can still pursue compensation for their injuries, but the amount they receive may be reduced in proportion to their level of fault.
In some cases, a third party other than the driver and pedestrian may be liable for a pedestrian accident. For example, if a defective vehicle part or poor road design contributed to the accident, the manufacturer of the faulty part or the entity responsible for road maintenance may be held liable.
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Our Coral Gables pedestrian accident attorneys can help you file a claim against the liable party. We will work to prove that the driver's negligence was the cause of the accident.
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