When you leave the car behind and set out on foot, we know you aren’t thinking about is getting hurt. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen that are out of your control. We know you take steps to stay safe when you are out getting fresh air, but careless drivers are everywhere.
Do you know what to do if you are hit by a vehicle?
When you need an Opa-Locka pedestrian accident lawyer, you can count on the Dante Law Firm. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
While you may think you surely won’t get into an accident while walking, have you really thought about all the times you are outside of your vehicle?
Some people walk for leisure and exercise, and yes, they are more exposed to reckless drivers. Consider, though, the times you are walking across the street from your office to grab some coffee.
How about walking your dog?
Even walking from your car through the parking lot and into the store means you are exposed to pedestrian accidents.
In Florida, there are around 9,000 pedestrian accidents a year. In 2016, the latest reported year, there were 667 fatalities and 7,796 injuries as a result of those accidents. Most of the time when a person is hit by a vehicle, there is some sort of injury.
Even at slow speeds, a vehicle can cause significant damage to the human body. There is no protection against the impact of a vehicle. While many injuries are minor, like scrapes and bruises, often there are broken bones, internal organ damage, or brain injuries.
No matter how minor or major the injury, it can significantly impact your life. If you have to miss work, the lost income could mean you are unable to support your family.
Many pedestrian accidents happen as a result of a driver simply not paying attention to their surroundings. This can mean they are disregarding pedestrian crosswalks and rights-of-way. We see many accidents happening at intersections.
If a driver is distracted by their phone, which is becoming more and more common, they certainly won’t see a person walking until it is too late. If they are impaired by drugs or alcohol, their response time will be lowered significantly. They may not even stop after they hit someone.
How is it fair that someone else’s mistake can jeopardize your finances?
You don’t have to wait for insurance companies to figure out how much money you should get. If someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, then you need to get legal assistance. The Dante Law Firm will work to get compensation to cover all of your medical expenses, lost income if you have to miss work, as well as pain and suffering damages. When you need a pedestrian accident lawyer in Opa-Locka, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 305-949-2526 for a free consultation.