Utilizing crosswalks and avoiding jaywalking is a great way to help prevent a pedestrian accident. However, crosswalks can also provide pedestrians with a false sense of security, as there are many factors that can lead to an accident even when you are taking every available safety precaution. From distracted drivers who may fly through an intersection because they are texting, to inexperienced or out-of-state drivers who are unfamiliar with Florida's roadways, to someone in a hurry to get to work – there are numerous reasons why a car might enter a crosswalk when the pedestrian has the right of way. In addition, many crosswalks are insufficiently marked and lack flashing lights, stop signs, or other warnings to alert even the most diligent drivers to slow down and yield to people who are crossing the street.
In the past, intersection design has focused more on moving traffic efficiently rather than on the safety of pedestrians. While this is beginning to change, several cities have been slow to implement design modifications to help reduce risks for pedestrians (such as adjusting the timing of crosswalk signals to meet federal regulations, or failing to properly maintain sidewalks and walkways so they are safe for pedestrian use).
Possibility for Multiple Injuries
Unlike drivers, pedestrians who are hit while in a crosswalk have very little protection, and oftentimes these accidents lead to costly hospital stays and life altering injuries that include expensive rehabilitative care. Even when victims have coverage from health insurance, the policy might not cover the quickly mounting costs associated with such an injury. Common crosswalk injuries include:
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Oftentimes, the complications brought on by these injuries can make the legal process all the more daunting. Crosswalk injury lawsuits, however, are much more manageable with the correct representation. An attorney such as James O. Cunningham who focuses on Florida personal injury cases, assists victims in filing Personal Injury Policy claims and getting the compensation you deserve. Meanwhile, the victim and attorney can work together to secure future compensation. Oftentimes, victims of crosswalk injuries and their loved ones are unaware of the types of compensation they might receive, but a well-managed lawsuit will seek to recover some or all of the following:
- Lost Wages
- Medical Expenses (including hospital stays, medication, and rehabilitative costs)
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Consortium
- Funeral Expenses
Your Orlando Crosswalk Injury Lawyer
Navigating the legalities of crosswalk and other pedestrian accidents can be particularly complicated. Recovering compensation amidst the interests of insurance companies, city officials or government institutions, and negligent drivers can be frustrating at best. Therefore, if you've fallen victim to a crosswalk accident, it's important to consult with a compassionate personal injury attorney who is thoroughly experienced in the specific complexities of pedestrian-related cases.
In more than three decades of helping his clients receive the assistance they need, James O. Cunningham has served pedestrian accident victims from all over the country and even from around the world. He can help you understand your legal options and handle the critical details associated with your case while you focus on your recovery and well-being. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for your free initial consultation.
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