We have all experienced it, we are on the sidewalk taking a stroll and we see a car driving erratically. What we least expect is that a car will actually hit us, I mean we are on the sidewalk and out of their way. Sadly, this is the case for far too many Floridians. What makes these situations worse is that a person is no match for a vehicle regardless of the size. If you or a loved one has been hit by a vehicle, you can feel hopeless. Don’t, we have personal injury attorneys who will guide you through the entire process and find a viable solution for your circumstances.
Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable in crosswalks because they are often more fragile and have slower reaction times. They cannot move out of the way and honestly if all the laws are being followed they shouldn’t have to. Many drivers are selfish and in a hurry and fail to pay attention or follow the rules ofthe road. This is one of the major causes of accidents. Another is simply driving distracted. When crossing an intersection there are lights to inform pedestrians of when to cross the street and how much time they have. Children and the elderly who follow these lights might not have enough time to cross and at the same time a driver is rapidly approaching with no intention of stopping. Boom! There is a collision. The driver is vehemently sorry but the damage is done. Your child or mother has been seriously injured. If the accident is really bad, they may have even passed away. A simple street crossing has now turned into a life-changing event that you will never forget. The tragedy is enough to tear you down but what do you do next.
Florida gives the right of way to pedestrians which means drivers need to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. First, when at an intersection and a pedestrian has the permitted signal to cross or is already in the crosswalk the driver must wait for them to cross. When there is no crosswalk signage, drivers will need to yield to a pedestrian when they are halfway into the crosswalk. Drivers coming up behind the stopped car cannot pass or overtake the yielding vehicle. A personal injury attorney can help you file and prove a negligence claim. This requires proof of a duty owed, the duty was violated, the duty violation led to injuries and there were quantifiable injuries. Your health and well-being, of course, are of the highest priority but you need to contact an attorney immediately to begin the investigation into your situation. An initial consultation will allow you to have all your questions answered and get a clear understanding of what to expect. We will find a plan of action that fits your unique circumstances.