Have You Been Hurt? Call Our Ocala Personal Injury Lawyers
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a pedestrian is defined as “any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash.” That could be anyone of us on any given day and pedestrians are the most vulnerable group of those sharing the roadways and interacting with traffic and pedestrians are much more exposed and much less powerful than practically every other type of transportation.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
In recent years, even when the total number of fatalities in traffic crashes has slowly decreased, the percentage of pedestrian fatalities has steadily increased. In 2012, a pedestrian was killed every two hours on average, and a pedestrian was injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes. That same year, the total number of pedestrians killed in the United States was 4,743, and approximately 76,000 pedestrians were injured. These staggering numbers can be scary.
We understand how traumatizing an accident can be, and that is why we work to get your life back to normal as soon as possible. We work hard to make sure you do not suffer needlessly. On our watch, your wellbeing is always the top priority.
Locations of Pedestrian Accidents
The Gainesville and Ocala areas are very pedestrian-friendly and accidents can occur on:
- College campuses
- Elementary school zones
- Outdoor shopping plazas
- Housing and apartment neighborhoods
A pedestrian accident can occur in any of these places and elsewhere, and no matter the environment, vehicles, or speeds involved. Accidents usually happen in parking lots and crosswalks or on sidewalks. In these areas, trip and falls are common.
As with most traffic catastrophes, liability is based on negligence in a pedestrian accident. No matter the cause of your pedestrian accident, you need an attorney to represent you. Pedestrians have rights and companies and drivers have responsibilities.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Injuries sustained in accidents are often very severe, but this fact does not always persuade drivers to be more cautious. If a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling at speeds of over thirty miles per hour, they are very likely to suffer serious injuries or fatality. Even if the car is only going ten miles per hour, the pedestrian can still be left severely disabled after the crash.
An injured pedestrian may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we know that the pain may be overwhelming and your medical costs can be astronomical. Therefore, we are always driven to secure the highest amount of compensation for you, as we know that physical and financial burdens are just the beginning of your hardships.Let our Gainesville and Ocala personal injury attorneys provide you with relief when you contact us today for a free initial case review.