Fort Myers, Naples Florida Pedestrian Knock Down Accident Attorneys, Personal Injury Lawyers – Gilman Law LLP
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There is no excuse for a driver to hit a pedestrian. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Florida pedestrian knock down accident, you are entitled to compensation. The Florida personal injury law firm of Gilman Law LLP offers free consultations to victims of a pedestrian knock down accident throughout the state of Florida.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, an estimated 6,000 people are killed and 90,000 are injured each year in pedestrian knock down accidents. The injuries sustained because of such accidents are often very serious, leaving victims with substantial medicals bills. They may also be permanently disabled and unable to work because of their injuries.
Pedestrian knock down accidents are almost always the fault of drivers. They are often the result of drivers who speed, run traffic signals or fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians. If you have been victimized by a driver in this way, we urge you to contact one of our Florida pedestrian knock down accident lawyers today to protect your legal rights.
Even when the behavior of a pedestrian contributes to an accident – for example, when a pedestrian has stepped out into traffic – drivers have a responsibility to watch the road in front of them and obey traffic laws. Our Florida pedestrian knock down accident lawyers investigate these incidents in order to expose driver negligence, speeding, distractions, and other factors that played a role in the accident.
Pedestrian Knock Down Accident Causes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2001 Florida led the nation in pedestrian knock down accidents. That year, 449 pedestrians in the state were killed as a result of these tragedies. About 18 percent of all pedestrian accidents are hit-and-runs. Almost two-thirds of accidents occur on city roads, and nearly half occur in the hours between 6 p.m. and midnight.
Children and the elderly are most at risk of being injured in pedestrian knock down accidents. Florida has the highest percentage of pedestrian knock down victims over the age of 65. Almost half of all deaths resulting from pedestrian knock down accidents occur between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. when children typically are returning home from school.
Driver negligence or recklessness is often behind pedestrian knock down accidents. Many speed in residential areas where children are playing. Some drivers turn right on red lights without looking to see if a pedestrian is attempting to cross there, or back up out of a driveway or a parking space without first checking behind them. Drivers always must yield to pedestrians, yet many don’t, hitting those who walk in crosswalks, intersections or parking lots.
Many pedestrian knock down accidents occur when drivers are talking on their cell phones or texting. They may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when a pedestrian knock down occurs. When a pedestrian knock down accident is caused by the driver’s speeding, it is far more likely to result in a fatality.
Pedestrian Knock Down Accident Claims
Pedestrians involved in knock down accidents are often seriously or fatally injured due to the sheer speed and weight of the vehicle. Pedestrian accidents can result in broken bones, head injuries, various back and neck injuries, and even death.
The survivors of pedestrian knock down accidents can face multiple surgeries, as well as months – even years – of expensive rehab. They may need to use costly prescription drugs, specialized equipment and nursing care for the rest of their lives. The injured victims of pedestrian knock down accidents might never be able to work again, and in the case where a fatality occurs, the family of a victim is often left without an important means of financial support.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian knock down accident and suffered an injury, you may be entitled to cover damages for the following items:
- Medical bills
- Prescription drugs
- Lost wages and future income
- The loss of enjoyment of the quality of your life
- Pain and suffering
While the Florida pedestrian knock down lawyers at Gilman Law LLP are aware that no amount of money can make up for your pain and suffering, a fair settlement will enable a pedestrian knock down accident victim to obtain the financial security they need to maintain a good quality of life.
Legal Help for Florida Pedestrian Knock Down Accident Victims
Our Florida pedestrian knock down accident lawyers have helped hundreds of victims and their families recover from these tragedies. If you have been injured in a pedestrian knock down accident caused by the negligence of another, we will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Florida pedestrian knock down accident, you have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form, or call TOLL FREE at (888) 252-0048 to discuss your case with one of the experienced Florida pedestrian knock down accident lawyers at our firm.