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Three Key Things to Keep in Mind about Florida Pedestrian Accidents

Florida pedestrians may be at a greater risk of suffering serious injuries or even being killed in a vehicle accident than other individuals. Although a car is equipped with plenty of safety equipment like a seat belt and airbags, this is never the case for individuals walking on the street.

This is just one reason why pedestrians may be more likely to sustain an injury. In a vehicle, a passenger and the driver also have the added protection of that vehicle having gone through multiple crash safety tests.

The vehicle in most cases is designed to sustain some type of impact and protect the occupants inside. However, a pedestrian has exposure to all of the elements and being struck by a vehicle as well as being thrown into another object in the event of an accident.

Avoid Florida Pedestrian Accidents Where You Can

Pedestrians and motorists both have a responsibility to avoid pedestrian accidents. Vehicle drivers should understand that defensive driving refers to being aware of people who operate a wheelchair, roller blades, play in the road, use a bicycle or walk.

Particular focus and attention should be given to older adults and young children who may not always behave in the way that motorists think they will on the road.

Those individuals who are not inside a motor vehicle and are otherwise exposed are extremely vulnerable to severe injuries. It is important that all motorists give the proper room, time and notice to move out of the path of a vehicle.

A pedestrian accident can be so overwhelming that a vehicle driver may even be thrown into fight or flight mode and leave the scene of the accident.

This is when an accident becomes a deadly hit and run crash. This can lead to criminal charges as well as personal injury liability should the victim choose to move forward with a personal injury claim. In any situation, it is important to understand your rights as well as next steps involved in the accident.

Understand Florida Laws

A no-fault state such as Florida has personal injury protection coverage required for individuals. This means that you need to file a claim with your own personal injury protection insurance coverage immediately after the accident and you would need to max out your benefits there before filing a personal injury claim.

In a pedestrian accident claim, however, it is not difficult to exceed your personal injury protection cap. The medical bills alone associated with your injury can frequently exceed the cap quite quickly.

Since time is of the essence and getting this essential medical treatment is important for you, the last thing you need is the added stress of worrying about whether you'll be able to pay your bills.

This is why as soon as you believe that your injuries may exceed the personal injury protection cap, you need to set up a meeting with an experienced Miami personal injury lawyer.

The lawyer can help to evaluate the liability in this situation and help to determine your next steps moving forward with a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim may be the only way that a pedestrian can recover compensation as a result of his or her injuries. Life for a pedestrian can change significantly after a vehicle accident. Getting help from a lawyer is imperative.

Make Sure to Get a Police Report

At the scene of a Florida pedestrian accident, the police will take statements from witnesses, the driver and the pedestrian in order to determine who was at fault and include a diagram of the accident.

Bear in mind that insurance companies may dispute the finding of the police report but it is still a good idea to get a copy of this report as it may be the only clear indication of evidence associated with the accident.

Consult with An Experienced Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today

In the event that you are seriously injured at the scene in a pedestrian accident, taking pictures of the scene and requesting the police report as soon as possible are both important for illustrating the injuries you have sustained. This may become important down the road as you file a claim for a personal injury compensation.

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