Pedestrian Accidents in Fort Walton Beach
Contact a Fort Walton Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorney to Pursue Your Claim for Compensation
More than 6,200 people are killed in pedestrian accidents across the country each year. Unfortunately, that number has jumped by more than 50% over the last decade. In Florida, pedestrian deaths have decreased in recent years but serious injuries are still common. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, a settlement offer from an insurance company may not be all you are eligible to receive. Let a Fort Walton Beach pedestrian accident attorney evaluate your claim and help you decide your next steps.
When is a Pedestrian at Fault for an Accident?
These accidents are often the result of driver negligence or mistakes. Pedestrian crashes in which drivers are to blame often involve:
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Speeding or aggressive driving
- Driver distraction or fatigue
- Illegal or negligent right turns
- Using a cell phone while driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
In other situations, a pedestrian or third party may be to blame. That is often the case in accidents involving:
- Traffic design errors
- Illegally parked cars
- Poor lighting
- Severe weather
- Pedestrians straying from sidewalks and crosswalks
The vast majority of pedestrian accidents happen in urban areas, according to AAA, and in “mid-block” locations of larger roads designed for high-volume traffic. The number of pedestrians killed in crashes that happened outside of crosswalks or on roads without crosswalks jumped by 70 percent over the last decade nationwide.
Money Damages for Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Florida
Anyone injured in a pedestrian accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible.
The money damages typically available includes compensation for medical bills, missed wages and any reduction in earning capacity caused by the injuries. Additional compensation may also be available for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
To get that compensation, you have to be able to prove fault. Florida law imposes a “duty of care” on drivers, requiring them to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and to refrain from dangerous behavior behind the wheel. Pedestrians also have a responsibility, however, to exercise reasonable care and ensure their own safety. Even if you were partially to blame for your accident, don’t assume you can’t pursue your compensation. A Fort Walton Beach pedestrian accident lawyer will help you understand how much you are eligible to recover.
Speak with a Fort Walton Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian, a Fort Walton Beach pedestrian accident attorney at Searcy Denney can help you seek compensation for your injuries.
Our injury lawyers combine decades of experience helping people injured in a wide range of accidents get the money they deserve. We have a strong track record of successful results for our clients, which includes a number of six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements. Give us a call to schedule a free first meeting today.