Most Common Cause of Orlando Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
Hundreds of thousands of pedestrians and cyclists are sent to the emergency department every year due to careless drivers. Over 5,000 pedestrians and bicyclists are killed in these collisions involving motor vehicles each year in the United States. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the most dangerous states for cyclists as well as pedestrians. One person is struck and injured by a car every eight minutes in Florida. Orlando itself is, in fact, the most dangerous city in Florida for pedestrians. Contact our experienced Orlando pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys.
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents regularly occur due to a variety of reasons, the most common being the lack of due attention a motor vehicle operator pays to their surroundings in the presence of walkers, runners, and bicyclists. These accidents can take place even when caution is exercised by pedestrians.
It comes as little surprise that pedestrian and cycling injuries and fatalities are such a problem in Florida when observing recent data on cell phone use while driving. Texting and driving has been found to be six times more deadly than driving under the influence of alcohol, and 40 percent of all traffic collisions involve the use of a cell phone. A quick glance at a cell phone by a driver as they approach an intersection might only result in a small fender bender when the victim is the passenger of a car, but if the victim is not also encased in two tons of steel, that could be their life that was just taken away from them. If you or a loved one has been hit by an automobile while walking or riding a bike, contact our Orlando pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys today to learn how we can help.
Orlando Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Injury Victims Can Pursue Damages Under Florida Law
Orlando pedestrian and bicycle accident cases are very complex in nature and require a detailed and aggressive plan of action to recover monies that you may be entitled to. Police do not always use fair judgment during pedestrian and cyclist accidents. Oftentimes, the official accident report is written in a way that depicts that the pedestrian victim was not in the right of way or they were impossible to see for the driver, which lets the driver off the hook. If you were injured in a biking or pedestrian accident, we will aggressively pursue your true rights. Pedestrians and cyclists have rights to the road, just like other road users, and denying those rights is not only unfair, it is legally incorrect. You need an experienced pedestrian or cycling accident attorney to prove that the driver was negligent and to maximize the compensation you are entitled to.
Under Florida law, when pedestrians, including cyclists, are injured as a direct result of someone’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence, the pedestrian accident victim may have a legal right and the ability to seek compensation for economic compensatory damages, non-economic compensatory damages, and/or damages for pain and suffering.
Injuries Sustained in a Pedestrian or Cycling Accident Are Severe
The severe, debilitating, and potentially permanent injuries that arise from pedestrian accidents with an automobile, motorcycle or commercial truck, may result in significant financial losses to the individuals involved and their families. Because pedestrians and cyclists have literally no protection when they get hit, their injuries are often much more grave than occupants of car accidents. Even if the speed of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian was under 20 miles per hour, the injuries sustained can still be life threatening.
These injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, broken bones, torn ligaments, and severe face trauma from the windows of the vehicle. While the occupants of the automobile are completely unharmed, the pedestrian they just hit may die of their wounds or never fully recover the full use of their limbs or brain function. The pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment in life that comes with a traumatic brain injury, a permanently disfigured face, or the inability to walk again is hard to comprehend. Add to that the financial woes of possibly not being able to work again and provide for their family, pedestrian victims of auto accidents face a mountain if pain and grief.
Medical Bills and Lost Wages From an Orlando Pedestrian Accident
Families of pedestrian accidents may be left dealing with mounting medical bills, which can be a very daunting task, and may leave you pondering the uncertainty of how you will be able to manage. Adding to this uncertainty, most pedestrian accident victims also find themselves losing essential wages, due to time missed from work while recovering. We urge you to protect your rights by seeking professional legal advice, and let your voice be heard.
At Hogan Frick, we are dedicated to fighting for you and your family’s future. If you have questions, concerns, or legal needs regarding an Orlando pedestrian or bicycle accident or other personal injury liability issues, we urge you to seek the legal advice of an experienced lawyer. Contact us with questions or to schedule a confidential legal consultation.