1.) DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Alcohol is a factor in about 48% of auto accidents that cause pedestrian fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For this reason, it’s important that you call one of our pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible if you suspect alcohol played a role in your accident. We can help you prove that by driving under the influence, the driver violated their duty of care to drive as a reasonable person would under the circumstances.
You should never get behind the wheel of a car if you think your ability to drive has been compromised by alcohol. While the legal blood-alcohol concentration is under 0.08% for adult drivers age 21 and older, it’s important to remember that different people have different tolerances. Remember that “buzzed” driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.
2.) NOT PAYING ATTENTION
Pedestrian accidents are more likely to happen when drivers make unprotected left turns. Instead of watching for pedestrians, drivers are typically looking for an open space in oncoming traffic to turn. Likewise, pedestrians are usually looking forward as they cross an intersection. If you or a loved one were recently struck in a pedestrian crossing by a negligent driver, call our pedestrian accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our pedestrian accident attorneys can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
3.) DRIVING DISTRACTED
It is illegal in the State of Florida to text and drive. Unfortunately, police are only able to issue a citation for texting and driving as a secondary offense. This means that a police officer can’t pull someone over solely because they were texting and driving. However, police would be able to cite someone for texting and driving if they were pulled over for an unrelated offense, such as speeding. Besides texting and driving, other types of distracted driving include eating or fiddling with the radio.
If you were struck by a distracted driver, request a consultation with one of our pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible. We can help prove the driver was at fault for the pedestrian accident so you can receive the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
4.) DRIVING TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS
Speed limits are put in place to protect motorists and pedestrians. For example, it’s important that drivers slow down in school zones, residential neighborhoods, and other places where pedestrians are more likely to appear. Drivers are held responsible for acting as a reasonable person would under the same circumstances. This means slowing down when driving in the dark, rain, fog, or other conditions that affect safety when operating a motor vehicle.
5.) NOT OBEYING TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS
Drivers are responsible for obeying traffic signs and signals. Unfortunately, pedestrians can get seriously hurt or even killed by negligent motorists. If you or a loved one have recently been injured by a negligent driver, don’t hesitate to request a consultation with one of our pedestrian accident attorneys. We stand for justice!
Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means that even if you are partially at fault for the pedestrian accident, you may still be eligible for compensation. For example, you may be found partially at fault for the pedestrian accident if you didn’t use a crosswalk despite there being one nearby. In this situation, the amount of compensation you’re eligible to receive would be reduced by the percentage you’re found at fault.
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