Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Nothing prepares you for the devastating effects of a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians and bicyclists are particularly vulnerable on the road, so the injuries they suffer in car accidents are usually severe. The weeks, months, and years following a pedestrian accident can be frustrating and complicated as victims struggle to navigate the legal system. At the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., our Orlando personal injury attorneys work to simplify this process and ensure that our clients receive the compensation they need for injuries, wage loss, medical bills, and other damages caused by pedestrian accidents.
Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents
Our Orlando injury attorneys can tell you that most pedestrian accidents are caused by negligence. While it is everyone’s responsibility to navigate roads legally and safely, drivers have a particular obligation to avoid collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. A distracted driver or a driver who fails to observe a crosswalk or yield the right of way to a pedestrian is considered negligent and can be held legally responsible for the accident. Some common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Red light violations
- Driving while texting
- Right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians
Unfortunately, the people most likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents are children and the elderly. Senior citizens are often less mobile and have significantly slower reaction times than younger pedestrians, and may suffer from vision or hearing loss and loss of cognitive function, making them particularly vulnerable to car accidents. Young children are often impulsive and may have difficulty judging the distance and speed of an oncoming car, or may fail to appreciate the dangers of traffic.
Whatever the specific cause of an accident, our pedestrian accident lawyers will investigate the accident to determine fault and pursue full compensation.
Effects Of Pedestrian Accidents
Unlike drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists have no protection against car accidents nor the injuries incurred as a result of a car crash. Common injuries suffered by pedestrians in car accidents include the following.
- Broken bones
- Compound fractures
- Back injuries
- Broken hips
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
In addition to enduring pain and suffering which result from these injuries, victims are often left with substantial medical bills as well as the cost of months or even years of physical therapy or rehabilitation. Following the accident, injured pedestrians may be unable to work and, as a result, they may suffer from a loss of income. In fatal crashes, loved ones are left to handle the financial requirements of a funeral and the stress and pain of a wrongful death lawsuit. Our personal injury lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and determine the compensation for which you are eligible.
Why Should You Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?
Many people believe that the criminal justice system will hold accountable the driver at-fault for the pedestrian accident. If convicted, most defendants in these cases receive only mild sentencing, such as a fine. Additionally, criminal lawsuits do not result in compensation for the victim, so if you are seeking payment of damages, you will need to file a civil suit.
Our Orlando pedestrian accident lawyers utilize accident reports, witness statements, photographs from the scene of the accident, and expert testimonies to prove that the driver is at fault due to negligence, intoxication, or otherwise reckless behavior. Both insurance companies and their lawyers take advantage of pedestrian victims’ emotional state and lack of experience, resulting in these victims receiving less compensation than they deserve. Our team of Orlando attorneys will stand by your side and make sure this doesn’t happen to you. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, contact our personal injury law firm today to schedule a consultation.