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What should I know about pedestrians injured in a car accident?

Florida is a state that has beautiful beaches and a host of attractions that visitors and residents can enjoy while moving around cities on foot. This pedestrian traffic means that drivers of vehicles have to be especially careful that they don't drive into a pedestrian. As sad as it is, pedestrian accidents are still occurring in our beautiful state.

What are the causes of a pedestrian accident?

Pedestrian accidents are caused by a host of issues. While pedestrian-vehicle accidents are one type of accident that might occur, pedestrians can also be harmed by other factors, such as poor sidewalk maintenance. The one factor that remains constant when a pedestrian is injured is that the pedestrian can seek compensation if someone else is at fault for the accident.

How is fault proved in a pedestrian accident?

Proving fault in a pedestrian accident means determining exactly what happened. The pedestrian's location when the accident occurred is one factor that has to be considered. This often means learning if the pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk or if the pedestrian was crossing against a pedestrian signal. It also means determining what the driver was doing at the time of the accident. This can mean learning if the driver was intoxicated, speeding, distracted or driving in a manner considered unsafe.

Can a pedestrian seek compensation?

When the driver of a vehicle was at fault for a pedestrian accident, the pedestrian might opt to seek compensation from that driver. Gathering the facts of the accident is vital for the pedestrian. This means combing through evidence and other documentation. It also means learning what laws were broken or disobeyed in order to develop the case you need when you file for compensation in the civil court.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview" Nov. 13, 2014

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