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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

The safety of pedestrians is a serious public concern in Florida. Sadly, the Sunshine State maintains the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the nation. Pedestrian accidents are highly devastating compared to other types of accidents. Those that are walking are perhaps the most vulnerable to injury, if not a fatality. The victims fortunate to survive a pedestrian accident often have numerous and extensive injuries throughout their bodies. According to the Florida Department of Highways Safety and Motor Vehicles, nearly 8,000 accidents occur on average in Florida each year involving pedestrians. Of these accidents, more than 90% result in either injury or fatality. At Alba & Straile PLLC, we represent clients who have sustained injuries and the family members of those killed due to pedestrian accidents.

Just a Few of the Types of Pedestrian Accident cases we represent are:

  • Wrongful death
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Injuries while on sidewalks
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Injuries while in a crosswalk
  • Drunk drivers and those under the influence collisions
  • Distracted driving accidents

As noted above, the pedestrian accident fatality rate in Florida is alarming. However, what makes pedestrian accidents most devastating is their potential to cause severe injury or fatality. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in an accident. Those most vulnerable are persons over 65 years of age and children, especially in urban areas or at night. There is a high incidence of internal organ damage and traumatic brain injury. Additionally, they result in multiple injuries such as lacerations, contusions, broken bones, amputations, paralysis, neck and back trauma, crushing injuries, and more.

Civil and Criminal Allegations

With over three decades of combined practice, our attorneys have represented clients with various legal issues involving personal injury, wrongful death, and criminal law matters. Many of these clients have been victims of pedestrian accidents, with every incident involving circumstances unique to each client. However, one commonality shared amongst most pedestrian accidents is that they typically result from another’s negligence or criminal actions.

Common causes of Pedestrian Accidents

A pedestrian is often struck by a drunk or distracted driver or a motorist who has failed to operate their vehicle reasonably and cautiously. Some pedestrian accidents involve the negligent actions of a reckless hit-and-run driver. Other causes of accidents are unsafe or illegal turns, failure to yield, fatigued drivers, hazardous road conditions, damaged sidewalks, limited visibility, aggressive drivers, and more. In addition to the operator of a motor vehicle, other entities may be liable for damages. These might include the manufacturer of a defective vehicle or product, the employer of a negligent driver, or a government agency.

Sources of Financial Responsibility

At Alba & Straile, PLLC, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident and identify everyone who may have liability in the case. We search for all entitlements to maximize compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, scars, burns, psychological and emotional trauma, and property damage.  In wrongful death claims, compensation also includes funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and more. Some of the potential sources of financial responsibility might include Florida’s Personal Injury Protection Insurance (PIP), Bodily Injury Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, and the driver’s personal assets at fault.

Alba & Straile PLLC is the Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorney Dedicated to Seeking Justice

No matter what the cause of a pedestrian accident, the legal team at Alba & Straile PLLC will fight for the compensation our clients deserve for their injuries or losses. It is vital to contact us promptly following an accident, as there is a statute of limitations associated with your right to obtain compensation. Our attorneys have more than three decades of combined experience in personal injury, wrongful death, and criminal law. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident and identify everyone who may have liability in the case.

Alba & Straile PLLC is focused on achieving outstanding client results and is committed to providing our clients with compassion, attention to detail, and ease of attorney accessibility. As a result, we can provide you with the sound legal representation necessary to effectively and efficiently address your accident-related needs. We represent clients throughout Florida. Contact Alba & Straile PLLC at (352) 371-9141 to schedule a consultation today.