Miami Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian-Vehicle Collisions in Florida
Miami is one of the most populous cities in the United States. There are tons of people that love strolling through the streets or walking along the boardwalks. In general, most people are safe as long as they follow pedestrian laws, like crossing the street in designated crosswalks. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s an invisible shield around them that protects them from injuries. In fact, pedestrian accidents are incredibly common in Miami and throughout the state of Florida.
If you or one of your loved ones has been hit by a negligent driver, it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims in similar cases. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys at Amanda Demanda Law Group to learn more about your rights after being struck by a careless or reckless motorist. Our team is ready to help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. These types of accidents can happen on the street, in the middle of the road, or even while pedestrians are crossing in a crosswalk or on the sidewalk. While they more often happen at night, pedestrian accidents can occur at any time of day.
The cause of these incidents can also vary. Not all pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers, but many of them are. They can also be caused by someone on a scooter, a bike, or even a motorcyclist. Any road user traveling at a considerably faster speed than the pedestrian could cause serious injuries. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to use turn signals
- Overly aggressive driving
- Failing to check mirrors or blind spots before maneuvering
- Using a cell phone while operating a vehicle
- Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to comply with traffic laws, signs, and regulations
- Failing to yield to pedestrians
Every motorist has a legal duty of care to the people surrounding them, especially pedestrians. This means that every motorist is legally obligated to drive responsibly to ensure that other road users, including pedestrians, are not in harm’s way. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to fulfill this legal obligation. If a motorist does not fulfill this legal obligation, and a pedestrian is injured as a result, the motorist can be held liable for the pedestrian’s injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s best to contact a personal injury attorney to get the legal advice that you need to move forward. Amanda Demanda and her team of Miami pedestrian accident attorneys have successfully helped countless pedestrians recover compensation from negligent drivers and other liable parties. Let us aggressively pursue the maximum compensation available on your behalf.
What Are the Most Common Types of Pedestrian Injuries?
Every injury case varies depending on the details of the accident, but one thing remains the same in all pedestrian accidents: the pedestrian is always at risk of suffering serious or even catastrophic injuries. This is because there are no safety features protecting pedestrians, whereas drivers are protected by their vehicles, airbags, and seatbelts. As a result, pedestrians often suffer severe injuries such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe back injuries
- Broken bones
- Permanent facial injuries
If anyone knows how much damage a pedestrian accident can cause, it’s a personal injury attorney who has helped victims in similar situations. Fight for the compensation you and your family need to recover from this traumatic accident with the help of our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys at Amanda Demanda Law Group.
What Compensation Is Available to Pedestrian Accident Victims?
The exact compensation you may be able to receive after a pedestrian accident depends on the various details of your case. How severe are your injuries? Did you have to take time off work? Do you now have a permanent disability or impairment that prevents you from working? While every case is different, many pedestrian accident victims can recover full compensation for the following types of damages:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Past, current, and future lost income/wages
- Past, current, and future pain and suffering
- Lost or diminished earning capacity
- Lost or diminished enjoyment/quality of life
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses, such as in-home care or assistance
If someone you love tragically passed away due to a pedestrian-vehicle collision, you may be entitled to additional damages, such as funeral or burial expenses, lost inheritance, and loss of love, companionship, counsel, guidance, comfort, and society.
At Amanda Demanda Law Group, we carefully review our clients’ claims to determine the full extent of their damages and the total amount in compensation they should be awarded. We then work tirelessly to recover this amount, whether through aggressive negotiation with insurance adjusters, litigation, or trial before a judge and/or jury.
Florida’s Statute of Limitations on Pedestrian Accident Claims
In Florida, you have a certain amount of time in which you can file a pedestrian accident lawsuit. This is known as the “statute of limitations” and, once it passes, you can no longer bring a claim in court or seek compensation for your damages.
The statute of limitations on pedestrian accident cases in Florida is four years from the date of the accident or injury. If someone died because of a pedestrian accident, eligible surviving individuals have two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit against the liable party.
We encourage you to act quickly, as waiting too long could result in the dismissal of your case. Get in touch with our team at Amanda Demanda Law Group right away to set up a free, no-obligation consultation and learn how we can help you fight for justice and the fair recovery you deserve.