Unfortunately, many cities are not walkable, making it challenging and unsafe for pedestrians to travel. As a result, many drivers feel as though they rule the road, which can lead to negligence. If you are hurt by a driver while walking along the road or crossing the street, knowing how to proceed after the incident is essential. The following blog explores what you must know following a collision and how a Broward County pedestrian accident lawyer can help represent you.
How Does a Pedestrian Accident Happen?
Many pedestrian accidents occur due to negligence on behalf of drivers and pedestrians alike.
This is because both parties tend to believe they have the right of way, which is only correct in specific instances. For example, a pedestrian has the right of way at a crosswalk, meaning drivers must stop to let them cross the road. However, if a car is too close to the crosswalk to safely yield, the pedestrian must wait until they pass before stepping off the curb.
Many instances of pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence. Drivers who are distracted, intoxicated, speeding, or fatigued tend not to focus on the road. This means they may not see a pedestrian enter the crosswalk until it is too late. As a result, they can strike the person on foot. Similarly, if a driver is not paying attention, they may veer too close to the side of the road where pedestrians are walking.
What Kind of Injuries Can Result?
Unfortunately, when pedestrians are struck by vehicles, the results can be catastrophic. Pedestrians can suffer broken bones, tissue damage, traumatic brain injuries, injuries to the spinal cord, internal organ damage, severe lacerations, and death.
These injuries can result in exuberant medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, rehabilitative care, lost income, and pain and suffering.
What Should I Do After I’m Hurt?
If a negligent driver hits you while crossing the street, it is crucial to take the necessary steps to recover the compensation you are likely entitled to. Immediately following the collision, you should call emergency services to request police presence and medical attention. Unfortunately, many do not want to receive treatment for injuries at the scene, as they may not seem severe enough to warrant attention. However, this can not only make injuries worse, but it can make it challenging to receive damages.
If possible, you should take photos and videos of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicle that struck you, and the injuries you sustained. You should also get the contact information of witnesses who can speak on your behalf if necessary.
Immediately after you leave the scene or receive medical attention, you must contact an experienced personal injury attorney from the Finizio Law Group. Our dedicated legal team believes negligent parties should be held responsible for their actions. You must not hesitate, as there is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Florida. Reach out today to connect with a competent attorney to discuss the details of your case.