Collisions between pedestrians and other vehicles can result in severe injuries and fatalities. If you were struck by a vehicle while walking and suffered injuries, you may have a compensation claim. The experienced Tampa pedestrian accident attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett can help you seek the compensation and justice you deserve.

Pedestrians are at a High Risk of Accidents in Florida

You risk getting hit by a vehicle using the crosswalk or on the pavement. Even if you were jaywalking, the car driver has no right to plow into you. In most cases, pedestrian accidents occur when motorists flout Florida traffic laws, such as:

  • Not abiding by the stop sign on a school bus
  • Speeding, especially in school zones
  • Texting and driving
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Failing to yield due to “walk” signals
  • Making dangerous turns

When a driver fails to adhere to the rules of the road, they place pedestrians at risk of catastrophic injuries or fatalities.

Types of Pedestrian Injuries in Florida

An accident involving a human and a vehicle always has devastating consequences. Pedestrians don’t have protection in a crash, which makes them vulnerable to fatal and catastrophic injuries. These are a few common pedestrian injuries:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Internal injury
  • Organ damage
  • Fractures, including ribs, pelvis, and hips
  • Crush injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neck and back injury

These injuries require emergency medical care. Victims may never get their old lives back in case of severe injuries. You may live with permanent impairments that affect your ability to participate in usual activities and work.

If a negligent driver severely injured you or someone you love, you should pursue monetary damages by speaking with the capable attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett.

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Claiming Damages in Pedestrian Accidents

You have certain rights as a pedestrian. You can hold a negligent driver that hits you liable for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Costs of future medical care
  • Past and future lost income
  • Permanent injuries
  • Pain and suffering

It’s fundamental to understand that compensation for losses doesn’t happen automatically. Florida is a no-fault state, meaning your personal injury protection insurance will cover your losses first. You can seek additional coverage from the responsible driver’s insurance if your injuries are serious. Pedestrian injuries are usually severe, making at-fault claims common. You must speak with an attorney as soon as possible, or you may jeopardize the right to claim benefits due to the statute of limitations and insurance deadlines. In addition, evidence of liability can get diluted or lost over time if you delay.

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Discuss a Winning Legal Strategy with our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys to Achieve Your Rightful Damages

At Carlson Meissner & Hayslett, our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers in Tampa will evaluate your unique accident circumstances, gather the necessary evidence, and build a strong injury claim. We have helped many pedestrian accident victims in Florida get the financial compensation they deserve through settlement negotiations or trial litigation. We are determined to achieve the best outcome in your case too.

To request your free, no-obligation consultation, call us at 813-223-2030 or complete this online form.

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