Legal Guidance for Car Crash Victims in Brooksville, FL
When a car crash occurs at an intersection, it is often the result of a motorist’s careless driving. If you have been hurt, our crosswalk accident attorney at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help you pursue a claim against the driver who injured you. Our car accident lawyers in Spring Hill have more than five decades of combined experience advocating for the rights of victims. We can assert your right to damages if you were hurt in a collision at a crosswalk.
Thousands of pedestrian accidents occur every year in Florida. According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, over 7,400 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2012. Some of these crashes occur at crosswalks, which are designated pedestrian crossing areas on our roads. Under Florida’s traffic rules, drivers are required to stop at crosswalks to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. Many drivers, however, fail to yield and cause serious injuries as a result.
When an injury is minor, the driver’s personal insurance protection (PIP) coverage may be enough to cover any related damages. In many cases, however, a crosswalk accident will leave a victim with significant physical harm, including fractures and head trauma. Florida only requires drivers to have $10,000 in PIP coverage, which does not begin to cover the long-term medical costs associated with serious injuries.
Injured Pedestrians Can File Negligence Lawsuits
Many pedestrian accidents are the result of driver negligence. You can hold a driver liable for your injuries if you can demonstrate that the driver’s careless behavior caused the harm.
A person is negligent when he or she fails to use the care that a reasonable person would use under the circumstances. If your crosswalk accident claim is based on negligence, you have the burden of establishing the defendant’s duty of care, breach of this duty, causation of your injuries, and damages.
Drivers usually cause crosswalk accidents because they fail to exercise reasonable care. In Florida, drivers have a duty to act with reasonable care whenever they are on the road. This includes obeying traffic signals and yield signs as well as stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks. Many collisions thus are caused by a driver’s breach of the duty of care, such as distracted driving or speeding. If a motorist’s breach caused your injuries, you can hold that person liable for damages you incurred in a crash.
A driver may be negligent as a matter of law if he or she was drunk at the time of the accident. This doctrine applies when someone breaks a law meant to protect a certain group of people against a particular type of harm. Florida makes it a crime to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the motorist in your case struck you because he or she was intoxicated, you can base your injury claim on this theory of liability.
Although drivers cause many crosswalk accidents, some blame the accident on the victim. For example, a defendant might argue that a pedestrian darted into the crosswalk after the driver had yielded and was attempting a turn. If your own actions contributed to your injuries, you may still recover damages. In Florida, a court will decide each party’s percentage of fault. You can get damages even if a court determines that your injuries were mostly caused by your own carelessness, although the amount will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
If you successfully prove the elements of a negligence claim, you may be awarded compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. You must file your claim within four years from when the accident happened. If you do not, you probably will be barred from holding the careless driver accountable.
Discuss Your Case With Pedestrian Accidents Lawyers
Our dedicated injury attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC represent victims of crosswalk accidents in the North Tampa area. We have helped numerous Florida residents seek the compensation that they need to recover. You can expect the skilled legal representation required to assert your rights against those responsible for your injuries. We offer our services to clients in Brooksville, Lutz, and other nearby communities. For a free consultation, call us at (866) 597-0009 or contact us via our online form today.