For people on foot, being struck by any kind of motor vehicle can result in some of the most horrific physical injuries and often the death of the pedestrian. This isn't the type of situation where you would want to trust an inexperienced legal team. You need a team of lawyers with experience, knowledge and a track record of success.
At Goldberg Noone Abraham, in Southwest Florida, we serve clients who have suffered serious injuries and the families of those who have been killed when struck by automobiles while walking. We have nearly 20 years of experience handling all types of personal injury and auto accident claims, and we have a track record of successful verdicts and settlements. At Goldberg Noone Abraham, we will help you get the compensation you need.
Who Is At Fault In A Pedestrian Vs. Car Accident?
If you're injured by a driver of a car while you are on foot, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help pay for your physical injuries, immediate and future medical care, lost wages from being rendered unable to make a living, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other damages.
Drivers have a legal duty to behave in a reasonable and lawful manner when behind the wheel, and they have an additional duty of special care when in a school zone or driving anywhere in the presence of children.
But the pedestrian also has legal obligations under Florida law. A judge or jury might find that a pedestrian also contributed to the cause of the crash and therefore can be responsible for a percentage of contributory negligence. Some examples include:
- Trying to cross an intersection in a “no-walk” zone or signal
- Trying to cross at an area with no marked crosswalk
- Disrupting the flow of traffic
- Jumping out into traffic unexpectedly
What To Do If You've Been Hit By A Car
If you find yourself in the traumatic circumstance of having been struck by a car while you were on foot, there are some things you need to do quickly:
- If you are physically and mentally able, call the police, or at least ask a witness to call if possible. A written police report can be a critical part of any crash investigation and subsequent lawsuit.
- Do not leave the scene of the crash. Wait for law enforcement and medical personnel to arrive and assess your injuries.
- Try to get names and contact information of any witnesses who might have seen what happened.
- Do NOT make any statements to anyone other than the investigating police officers. Never speak to an insurance company or other drivers involved without first consulting a skilled personal injury attorney.