How Florida's Negligence Laws Affect Those Involved In Pedestrian Accidents

Almost everyone spends time traveling as a pedestrian throughout his or her day. Without the same safety features that people inside of an automobile enjoy, pedestrians who are hit by a car are at greater risk of sustaining serious injuries that could be life-threatening.

If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries resulting from a pedestrian accident, the lawyers at Busciglio & Sheridan Law Group will work to secure fair compensation on your behalf.

Determining Negligence Is Key To Receiving Compensation After A Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrians have a duty to follow all posted rules and regulations. This means that pedestrians should stay within the crosswalk and only cross when they have the crossing signal at traffic lights. Florida law states that pedestrians must not suddenly enter the street from the curb or step in front of a car that is so close that it is impossible for them to yield to the pedestrian. Following these laws will generally mean a pedestrian will not be liable if a motor vehicle strikes them.

To receive compensation after suffering an injury, the driver must be negligent. Negligence refers to a driver who fails to exercise responsible care when operating a motor vehicle. If that failure to act responsibly contributed to the accident, the pedestrian may be eligible for compensation. Working with an attorney experienced resolving personal injury cases can make the process of receiving compensation less burdensome.

Florida courts use comparative negligence when determining liability in serious accident cases. This means that one person may not be 100 percent liable for an accident. If a driver is speeding and strikes a pedestrian who was jaywalking, the driver may be found to be 70 percent liable and the pedestrian is 30 percent liable. In this instance, the pedestrian would only receive 70 percent of the total compensation.

Don't Face Insurance Companies Alone

After a pedestrian accident, the last thing many people want to do is negotiate with an insurance company. Our team of experienced litigators is equipped to create a strong case that reflects your best interests when going up against insurance companies. Call our Tampa office at 813-302-1265 or email us to schedule an initial consultation.