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Florida is known for its amazing weather and scenic outdoors. Many Floridians take to foot or ride a bike to get where they want to go. Not only is it good exercise, but it is a great way to take in all the sights and sounds. Unfortunately, riding a bike or walking exposes you to vehicles which may or may not be paying attention. This results in numerous collisions between cars and pedestrians/cyclists. Knowing what you should do following an accident if you were struck by a vehicle is very important.
There are numerous ways that pedestrians and cyclists can become the victim of an automobile collision. A majority of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists occur at or near intersections or at night. Often times, vehicles do not see a bicycle or a pedestrian walking through a crosswalk and collide with them. If the pedestrian was in a crosswalk and they were crossing at the appropriate time, the driver of the vehicle will likely be held at fault. Other times liability may be in question. If the pedestrian or cyclist was a contributing factor, they may still be able to sue, but they should understand that any award they receive will be reduced by the amount of fault apportioned to them. It is always important to remember that as a pedestrian, you should wear the appropriate safety attire. This includes a helmet, gloves and if you will be riding at night, reflective gear or a flashing light. This can reduce or eliminate the chance that the driver of a vehicle does not see you and hits you.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department, so far in the year 2020, there are 3,171 total pedestrian crashes. The Department defines these as a crash involving an individual who was not occupying a motor vehicle, bicycle or other mobile conveyance. As far as accidents involving bicycles, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department classifies these as either crashes or fatalities. As far as crashes go, there were 2,407. Crashes are defined by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department as a crash involving a vehicle propelled solely by human power or a motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor rated at 200 watts or less. For fatalities, so far in 2020, Florida has 58 fatalities. As you can see, the number of accidents involving pedestrians is extremely high. In fact, Florida ranks regularly as one of the top 5 states when it comes to pedestrian fatalities.
You may be wondering what you can do as far as recovering for damages. You will be entitled to pursue damages against the at fault driver of the vehicle which hit you if they were found to be at fault or partially at fault. If you feel like you suffered injuries, you should get examined by the EMS and go to the hospital to get a further check. After you leave the hospital, make sure you follow up with your own physician to ensure that you are getting the appropriate care. You may need continued chiropractic care and may even need to see an orthopedic doctor if the injuries were severe enough to warrant prolonged treatment.
If you feel as though you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at the Lopez Law Group are here to help. We have experience assisting victims of an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian/cyclist. We understand that this can be a very frightening time and we are here to help. We will walk you through every step and will make the process as stress free as we can. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. If you or someone you know was a victim of a car accident and were the pedestrian or cyclist which was hit, give us a call today!