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School Zone Accidents in Florida

school zoneEach year in Florida and throughout the United States, children are injured in accidents that occur inside school zones. Many of these accidents involve child pedestrians and can cause serious, even fatal injuries to the child. If a negligent driver injured your child in a school zone, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami injury attorneys will examine the facts of your case and fight for the compensation your child deserves.

According to a 2015 report by the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 44 children are involved in pedestrian collisions with motor vehicles each day. A significant number of these children were hit while walking to and from school. The National Safety Council notes that most auto-pedestrian accidents involving children take place near schools.

Under Florida law, the speed limit in Florida school zones ranges from 15 to 20 miles per hour in urbanized areas, although the exact limits may vary depending on local regulations. Drivers are not to exceed the speed limit during specified hours when children are most likely to be walking to and from school. In an effort to make school zones more noticeable, any signs that are used must include the hours the reduced speed is in effect or lights that flash during the restricted hours.

If your child was hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness or recklessness in a school zone, you will likely be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party through a negligence claim. Negligence takes place when an injury or death results due to a person’s failure to use proper care when doing something. In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant caused an injury or death by failing to use the level of care and caution that a reasonably prudent person in the same situation would have used. For example, if a speeding driver hits a child crossing the street in a school zone, that driver would likely be liable for any resulting harm because a reasonably prudent person in the same situation would understand the risks of foreseeable harm associated with speeding in a school zone and thus would not have done it.

If liability is established, the plaintiff will be able to seek a variety of damages that are relevant to the case. Typically, a plaintiff will be able to recover medical costs, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and any other losses stemming from the school zone accident. Such damages can be particularly important in cases in which your child has suffered a life-long injury.

If you or your child has been injured in a school zone accident due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to reach out to a seasoned Miami car accident attorney who can help you take legal action. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are dedicated to getting you the damages that you are rightfully entitled to receive in your case. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate Florida injury cases. For a free initial consultation, do not delay in calling us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contacting us online today.

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