PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
During the first six months of 2019, 368 pedestrians were killed in Florida. Over 6,000 pedestrians were killed nationwide, representing 17% of all traffic-related deaths. Florida and four other states accounted for nearly half of all pedestrian deaths. These alarming statistics illustrate just how dangerous a pedestrian accident can be, with outcomes that typically do not fare well for the pedestrian.
If you or someone you know has been hit by a car as a pedestrian, you might be wondering if you can be compensated for your damages. To find out, you should speak to an experienced Florida personal injury attorney.
Here at my firm, Steven J. Litvack P.A., I have helped countless clients in Boca Raton and throughout Southern Florida, including Palm Beach County, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, and Coconut Creek, who have been the victims of pedestrian accidents. I provide experienced and aggressive representation for individuals who have been struck by vehicles and the families of victims who deserve justice. Call or reach out to my firm today to schedule your own free case evaluation.
THE PEDESTRIAN DOES NOT ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY
Contrary to popular belief, pedestrians do not always have the right of way. As do vehicle operators, pedestrians owe a duty of care to others on the roadway. In fact, Florida law mandates that “every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.”
Pedestrians in Florida are required to obey all traffic signals, signs, and pavement striping unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, remaining on the curb until the traffic signal or officer indicates that they may cross the roadway.
WHO IS NEGLIGENT WHEN A PEDESTRIAN IS HIT BY A VEHICLE?
While the vehicle operator is usually at fault for hitting a pedestrian, the pedestrian may also be found to have had an opportunity to avoid the collision and, therefore, insurance companies usually try to place some percentage of blame on the pedestrian. Drivers and pedestrians both owe each other a duty of care. The person who fails to uphold their duty of care will typically be found negligent and liable for any accident that occurs as a result.
FLORIDA’S PURE COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE RULE
Florida recognizes the pure comparative negligence rule which allows apportionment of fault to multiple parties. Even if a pedestrian is found to be 99% at fault, they are still allowed to pursue compensation from the driver who is found to be 1% at fault. Under this rule, settlements and jury awards will be reduced by the party’s percentage of fault.
For example, imagine you are struck by a car as a pedestrian and found to be 10% at fault, while the driver is found to be 90% at fault for the accident. If a jury awarded you $100,000 for damages but found you 10% responsible for contributing to the accident, your recovery would be decreased by 10% to account for your percentage of fault in the accident, which means you would receive $90,000 in compensation. Because insurance companies usually attempt to place a large percentage of the blame on the pedestrian, it is very important that you hire an experienced attorney to investigate the accident and protect your rights to ensure blame is not wrongfully placed on the pedestrian.
WHAT DAMAGES CAN I RECOVER?
Florida law allows plaintiffs to recover economic and non-economic damages in personal injury claims. Economic damages include easily quantifiable damages such as medical expenses, lost income, and in the case of a wrongful death claim, funeral and burial expenses. Non-economic damages are those that are more difficult to quantify and typically include compensation for loss of the enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and any additional pain and suffering.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE TO PURSUE A CLAIM?
The first step you should take if you have been injured or someone you love has been incapacitated or killed in a pedestrian accident is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can assess your claim and provide guidance at each phase of the legal process. There is a four-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida, which means you must file a civil lawsuit within four years of the date of the accident.
If your loved one has been left incapacitated or has died after being hit as a pedestrian, you should speak with an attorney immediately to file a civil suit or wrongful death action against the negligent driver. The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is only two years from the date of death, so it’s important to act quickly.
YOU DESERVE AN EXPERIENCED ADVOCATE ON YOUR SIDE
Recovering damages requires a thorough investigation of the accident. Establishing liability and understanding comparative negligence will be critical to your claim. This may require witness statements, medical experts, and crash engineers, or other experts. Don’t face these challenges on your own. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney is your best option for documenting a claim and garnering compensation. With extensive experience handling personal injury litigation, I have the knowledge and expertise needed to help you pursue the compensation you need. Don’t wait. Call or reach out to my firm, Steven J. Litvack P.A., today to schedule a free case evaluation. Let me help you pursue justice!
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
SERVING BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident, join those who have relied upon my firm, Steven J. Litvack P.A., to help them navigate the personal injury or wrongful death claims process. If you live in Boca Raton or anywhere else throughout Southern Florida, including Palm Beach County, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, or Coconut Creek, call my office today to discuss your case. Consultations are free, so reach out today to learn more about how I can help you!