Port St Lucie Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
According to the 2016 Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Crash and Citation Reports (FLHSMV), there were over 9,000 pedestrian-related crashes in 2016, which included over 7,700 pedestrian injuries, of which, 650 resulted in a fatality. This, according to a 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was the second highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per population in the United States, behind only California.
Even non-fatal pedestrian accidents can prove immensely costly. Financially, physically, and emotionally, the burden for those involved in accidents with pedestrians can be overwhelming for a person working without a skilled injury attorney. However, those afflicted in such accidents can have their burdens eased with the savvy guidance of a dedicated team of Port St Lucie pedestrian accident lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Because a pedestrian has little or no physical protection compared to a motorist, the burden of dealing with the aftermath and consequences will largely fall on the party on foot as opposed to behind the wheel. The majority of consequences and costs that result from pedestrian-related accidents including hospitalization, therapy, physical harm, emotional damage, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of employment, will generally fall on the pedestrian.
Many accidents involving pedestrians are preventable. Many such accidents occur as a result of one or more of the following:
- Drivers who are intoxicated from alcohol or drug use
- Drivers who fail to yield right of way to pedestrians, especially at crosswalks
- Drivers who drive recklessly, or beyond the speed limit
- Drivers who ignore stop signs and stop lights
- Drivers who are texting or talking on their phone
The aforementioned reasons, as well as others, may contribute to, or directly lead to, severe injuries and other losses that greatly affect all parties involved. A team of resourceful Port St Lucie pedestrian accident lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo can help afflicted parties recoup the costs associated with such damages.
Recovering Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Florida’s pedestrian accident laws allow for pedestrians to recover under Personal Injury Protection (PIP), whether the pedestrian is at fault or not. However, the coverage afforded under PIP, as well as other insurance, often do not sufficiently cover the expenses that result from injury and property damage. In such scenarios, a party involved may be entitled to further recovery, especially if one party is demonstrably responsible for the incident.
In some instances, pedestrians may be partially responsible for causing the accident. In these instances, insurance companies, as well as other involved parties, may attempt to show comparative negligence on the part of the pedestrian. In such cases, Port St Lucie pedestrian accident lawyers help present evidence that contests such claims.
Consulting a Port St Lucie Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Every pedestrian accident has the potential to be incredibly expensive. Therefore, it is important to understand that you have rights to compensation under Florida’s laws. If you, or someone close to you, has recently been involved in a serious accident, whether they are a pedestrian or a driver, the legal counsel and advice of Port St Lucie pedestrian accident lawyers may be invaluable. For a free consultation to understand your options, call Kogan & DiSalvo today.