Naples Pedestrian Accident Attorney
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Whether you are walking for exercise or simply crossing the street from your car to work, you probably take precautions for your safety when walking. It is equally reasonable to expect drivers to look out for you the same way you look out for them.
If you were hit by a distracted, drunk, or negligent driver while walking, you should speak with a Naples auto accident attorney about your rights and options. At The Kuhl Law Firm, Attorney Ryan Kuhl represents pedestrians who have suffered serious injuries as a result of negligent drivers.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are, unfortunately, quite frequent in Florida. This is largely due to how many tourists visit our beautiful state each year, as well as a variety of other factors.
By law, the definition of a “pedestrian” is fairly broad; pedestrian can be anyone who is walking, jogging, running, cycling, roller skating, skateboarding, or Segway-riding on a walkway or roadway.
There are numerous ways in which a pedestrian can be injured by a vehicle. Some of the most common ways these incidents occur include:
- Reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Excessive speeding
- Distracted driving
- Rolling stops
- Failure to stop
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Poor intersection design
- Inadequate road maintenance
- Pedestrian negligence
Can a Pedestrian Be at Fault in a Car Pedestrian Accident?
It is possible for a pedestrian to be either partially or fully at fault for a car pedestrian accident, even though motor vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians on the road. This is because pedestrians still have a responsibility to follow pedestrian traffic laws put in place to keep them safe. Some of the most common situations where a pedestrian can be found at fault are:
- A pedestrian was crossing against the traffic signal
- A pedestrian was crossing the road outside a crosswalk
- A pedestrian was walking where pedestrian access is clearly not allowed
There are many factors to consider when it comes to pedestrian accident liability. In all cases our experienced firm will be happy to discuss your case during a free consultation.
Pedestrian Accident-Related Injuries in Florida
As a pedestrian, you have little to no protection when an oncoming vehicle approaches. Regardless of the speed they were going or how direct the impact was, the likelihood of you suffering a serious injury is high. It is a good idea to consider filing a personal injury suit against the responsible driver to help recover compensation for your expenses. However, a personal injury claim can be extremely complex and time-consuming, which is why retaining a Naples pedestrian accident attorney is important.
A few of the most common injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Internal injuries
What to Do after a Pedestrian Accident
If you have incurred injuries in a pedestrian accident, your life could be impacted in several ways. Besides expensive medical bills, you might also lose income as a result of needing to take off work. In addition, you may not be able to continue in your current employment because of a new or worsened disability. For these reasons, you will want to ensure that you take the necessary steps following the accident to maximize your chances of receiving adequate compensation.
After a pedestrian accident, to the best of your ability, you should:
- Check for injuries and seek medical attention
- Call local law enforcement
- Document/take photos of your injuries
- Collect contact and insurance information from the driver
- Gather contact info from any witnesses
- Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney
Many of the injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents are catastrophic, which means they are life-altering. After a pedestrian accident, your life may never be the same again. Mr. Kuhl understands that while no amount of money can change what has happened, compensation can help you handle your expenses and adjust to a new lifestyle.
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