5 Ways Drivers Cause Pedestrian Accidents

Were you or a loved one injured in a pedestrian accident? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than passengers.

Since pedestrians are vulnerable to being struck in crosswalks and other locations by negligent drivers, hire legal help as soon as possible. Our pedestrian accident lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Here are the 5 ways drivers cause pedestrian accidents.

1.) DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Alcohol is a factor in about 48% of auto accidents that cause pedestrian fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For this reason, it’s important that you call one of our pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible if you suspect alcohol played a role in your accident. We can help you prove that by driving under the influence, the driver violated their duty of care to drive as a reasonable person would under the circumstances.

You should never get behind the wheel of a car if you think your ability to drive has been compromised by alcohol. While the legal blood-alcohol concentration is under 0.08% for adult drivers age 21 and older, it’s important to remember that different people have different tolerances. Remember that “buzzed” driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.

2.) NOT PAYING ATTENTION

Pedestrian accidents are more likely to happen when drivers make unprotected left turns. Instead of watching for pedestrians, drivers are typically looking for an open space in oncoming traffic to turn. Likewise, pedestrians are usually looking forward as they cross an intersection.

If you or a loved one were recently struck in a pedestrian crossing by a negligent driver, call our law firm as soon as possible. Our pedestrian accident attorneys can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

3.) DRIVING DISTRACTED

The act of texting and driving is illegal and a primary offense in the state of Florida. This means that a police officer can pull someone over solely because they were texting and driving. Besides texting and driving, other types of distracted driving include eating or fiddling with the radio.

If you were struck by a distracted driver, request a consultation with one of our pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible. We can help prove the driver was at fault for a pedestrian accident so you can receive the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

4.) DRIVING TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS

Speed limits are put in place to protect motorists and pedestrians. For example, it’s important that drivers slow down in school zones, residential neighborhoods, and other places where pedestrians are more likely to appear.

Drivers are held responsible for acting as a reasonable person would under the same circumstances. This means slowing down when driving in the dark, rain, fog, or other conditions that affect safety when operating a motor vehicle.

5.) NOT OBEYING TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS

Drivers are responsible for obeying traffic signs and signals. Unfortunately, pedestrians can get seriously hurt or even killed by negligent motorists. If you or a loved one have recently been injured by a negligent driver, don’t hesitate to request a consultation with one of our pedestrian accident attorneys. We stand for justice!

Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means that even if you are partially at fault for the pedestrian accident, you may still be eligible for compensation. For example, you may be found partially at fault for the pedestrian accident if you didn’t use a nearby crosswalk. In this situation, the amount of compensation you’re eligible to receive would be reduced by the percentage you’re found at fault.

REQUEST A CONSULTATION!

We’re proud to serve clients from Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and surrounding areas. To request a consultation with one of our Florida pedestrian accident lawyers, call Lusk, Drasites, & Tolisano, P.A. at (800) 283-7442.

This blog post has been updated.

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