Foot traffic is a part of everyday life in Florida. Unfortunately, dangerous
accidents involving pedestrians happen all too often, often resulting in severe injuries and sometimes
even death. Seeking compensation for a pedestrian accident in Florida
can be an uphill battle as you deal with insurance companies and claims
against negligent drivers. In addition, the statute of limitations for
pedestrian accidents is very brief, so contacting a personal injury attorney
as quickly as possible is advised.
Anyone who is on foot is considered a pedestrian, including cyclists and
skateboarders. All accidents that involve a pedestrian in some way will
generally be investigated by a number of different parties, including
police, insurance adjustors, and lawyers. The purpose is to determine
whether or not the pedestrian was walking in accordance to state laws,
in addition to establishing if the driver was lawful in their actions.
Both pedestrians walking alongside a street and drivers have a duty of
care to each other’s movement, as they both have a right to use
the roadway. The term “duty of care” simply refers to the
awareness and preventative actions one would take to protect yourself
and others on the road. Because of this, drivers may not always be completely
responsible for damages incurred in an accident.
What Compensation is Available to Injured Pedestrians?
If you have been struck by a car and have auto insurance, you may be entitled
to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. PIP coverage pays for the
reimbursement of 80 percent of all related and necessary medical care
received within two weeks of the accident, regardless of fault. PIP coverage
is given instead of the right to sue for damages, unless the injuries
sustained are permanent or if a family member is killed in the accident.
If you are uninsured, however, then the insurance of the person that hit
you is responsible for paying for a portion of your medical bills. If
it can be proven that you were hit due to negligent driving, your “out
of pocket” expenses (whatever the insurance doesn’t cover)
are the responsibility of the negligent driver.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, my firm can assist
you. While you focus on recovering, you can trust my firm to handle the
heavy lifting of your case. With skilled legal representation, I am prepared
to fight for your deserved compensation.
At Cohen Law, all first-time clients receive a
free consultation. This is the best way to begin moving forward with your case and it can
Get in touch with my firm right away to obtain personalized legal assistance from a
personal injury lawyer in Miami.