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Miami Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Pedestrian accidents are almost always preventable and occur because of an error made on the part of the pedestrian or the part of the driver. While pedestrians can certainly be to blame for the accidents in which they are involved – pedestrian-caused accidents due to distracted walking – drivers are often at fault.

A pedestrian accident may be caused due to:

  • Speeding – When a driver is traveling at an unsafe speed, they may be unable to stop in time in order to avoid a pedestrian who is crossing in front of them. Sadly, the faster that a vehicle is traveling at the time of the collision, the more severe the pedestrian’s injuries;
  • Driving while distracted – Driving while distracted is one of the most dangerous things that a driver can do. When a driver takes their eyes off of the road for even a second, enough time has passed for a pedestrian to step in front of the car and be struck.
  • Failing to yield or stop – A pedestrian accident is most common when a driver fails to yield or to stop for a pedestrian who is crossing in front of their vehicle. In most circumstances, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, unless traffic signals indicate otherwise. Even if the pedestrian does not have the right of way, a driver is better off paying attention and yielding to them, than hitting them and causing severe injuries or death;
  • Drunk driving – When a driver is drunk they may not have the response time necessary to stop if a pedestrian is in front of their vehicle; and
  • Pedestrian errors – As mentioned above, some pedestrian accidents are caused because of pedestrian errors. A pedestrian may fail to yield to a vehicle, may walk in the street when a sidewalk is provided, or may walk while distracted or intoxicated, all of which increase the risk for an accident.

When a pedestrian accident happens, finding out what – or rather, who – caused the accident is essential. If you are a pedestrian who is hit by a car in Florida, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries even if you contributed to the accident, based on the state’s comparative fault laws.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our Miami pedestrian accident lawyer.