We tend to think of sidewalk accidents involving slip and falls or falling objects. However, people in Florida and throughout the United States have been injured when vehicles have come crashing onto the sidewalk. If you or someone close to you has been hit by a car while on a sidewalk, you could have grounds to pursue a claim against the at-fault party. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys can take care of the legal process so that you and your family can focus on recovering.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2015. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours. In addition, the CDC found that about 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in that same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip. This makes sense because there is no steel cage protecting pedestrians in the same way there is for passenger vehicle occupants.
Negligent drivers not only affect those driving on the road, but also they can affect pedestrians on the nearby sidewalks as well. This is because, in the case of multiple car crashes, each car can have a different impact point and collide with nearby property and pedestrians.
If you have been hurt in a sidewalk accident, you can likely recover compensation for your harm from the at-fault party through a negligence claim. An individual is negligent when he or she acts in a way that is not consistent with how a reasonably prudent person would have acted in the same or similar circumstances. It is not enough to demonstrate that the individual acted unlike a reasonably prudent person; you must also show that the failure to act reasonably was a direct cause of your injuries.
Once the plaintiff establishes negligence, he or she will be able to recover compensation for his or her harm. This compensation is for the plaintiff’s losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, rehabilitation costs, and more. The exact amount of compensation a plaintiff will be able to recover will vary based on the specific situation. The compensation can be obtained through a settlement or as the result of litigation.
If you or someone close to you has been injured on a sidewalk due to someone else’s negligence, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to ensuring that sidewalk accident victims are fairly compensated for their harm. With years of experience, you can rest assured that we understand how to navigate Florida personal injury cases. We can scrutinize the facts of your case and inform you of your legal rights and options. To discuss your sidewalk accident case with us, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us through our website.
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