We gather evidence, such as police reports and hospital records.
We send investigators to the scene of your accident.
We work with top experts and accident reconstructionists.
We investigate the case and determine liability.
We prove the nature and extent of the injuries you suffered.
Sean M. Cleary
Common Causes of a Pedestrian Accident
According to DMV Florida statistics, in a recent year in Miami, 58 pedestrians were killed and 1,357 injured in 1,546 crashes involving pedestrians. During a ten year period, 5,149 pedestrians have lost their lives on Florida highways, and an additional 76,935 have been injured. In fact, one pedestrian is killed every two hours in the U.S.
In Florida, forty-eight percent of pedestrians are killed when crossing the road but not at an intersection, just over 13% of pedestrians are killed when crossing the road at an intersection, and six percent are killed while walking along the road with traffic. Miami-Dade has the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the state.
Pedestrian accidents that involve injury can occur on streets, roads, boulevards, state roads, crosswalks and even sidewalks. They can be caused by cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicyclists, Uber or Lyft drivers, smart cars or even golf carts. Even a car driving only 10 miles an hour may severely disable a pedestrian. The true tragedy of pedestrian accidents involving bodily injury is that the pedestrian has no protection and usually suffers the worst in any collision.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
Failure to observe speed limits
Failure to use turn signals
Text messaging and cell phone use
Driver impaired by alcohol or drugs
Driver disobeying traffic signals or signs
Florida drivers have a legal duty to watch for pedestrians and any other potential hazards on the road. If you were injured by a motorist and have incurred medical costs or had to miss work, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Likewise, if a family member was walking and was killed by a motorist, you may be entitled to wrongful death damages.
Drivers have supplementary duties upon spotting on the road a child or an incapacitated adult. The motorist may need to slow down or yield to avoid them unless they ran into the street in such a way that a reasonable driver would not have anticipated them.
Pedestrians also sometimes are partly responsible for accidents that result in their own injury, but it’s important to point out that Florida law adheres to a comparative fault model, per Section 768.81 of the Florida Statutes, which means those injured are not stopped from collecting damages just because they shared some of the blame.
Recovering Damages in a Florida Pedestrian Accident
Your injuries could lead to many hospital visits, which could mean some serious medical expenses. They could also stop you from going to work, and losing wages. Our personal injury lawyer understands just how detrimental it can be to go through a pedestrian accident, and we strive to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
If you have suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, you may have legal recourse. Compensation could include reimbursement for:
Our injury attorney is adept at auto insurance negotiation, but we also have the resources to take your case to trial if it is in your best interest. We recognize that recovering damages can be more complicated than in other situations, mainly because of the high number of hit-and-run pedestrian crashes.
In those cases, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage may come into play.
Who Is Responsible for a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?
There are a few avenues we may explore in collecting damages stemming from a pedestrian accident.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. PIP benefits will be derived from your auto policy, up to $10K. If you don't have an auto policy, you can collect PIP benefits from the driver’s insurer.
Claim for additional damages. Damages often exceed available PIP benefits in pedestrian accidents. In this case, you can file a claim for additional damages and prove the driver was in some way negligent.
Claim for UM/UIM benefits. If the driver fled the scene or doesn't have insurance or enough coverage for you to seek additional benefits, you may still seek UM/UIM benefits through your own auto insurance company.
How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help If You've Been Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?
If you were struck by a vehicle, you may be entitled to recovery. We can help you by investigating every aspect of your accident and evaluating all the evidence.
Our Miami pedestrian accident lawyer will gather the police report, the fire rescue records, and emergency room and hospital records. We will use qualified experts to investigate the facts of your accident.
We regularly work with accident reconstruction experts to determine what happened. Sometimes it is necessary to retain a biomechanical expert who can explain the forces involved and the traumatic impact on the human body.