Pedestrian accidents are very common in the state of Florida, partly due to our great weather and year-round outdoor lifestyle. Therefore, under Florida law, both motorists and pedestrians are required to take precautions to avoid collisions. According to Florida Statutes Section 316.130(15), “Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human-powered vehicle and give warning when necessary and exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person.” Although many believe motorists are always responsible for pedestrian accidents, pedestrians can be held completely or partially at fault for causing an accident. Similar to laws that apply to motorists, under Florida Statutes Section 316.130, pedestrians have a specified list of laws they must obey.
According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System, there have been 3,177 pedestrian crashes statewide, within the first five months of 2018, 231 of which are fatalities. Pedestrians who have been seriously injured in a car accident often face a vast number of obstacles, beginning with expensive medical bills. There are also victims that may require rehabilitation or physical therapy. The numerous outcomes of a pedestrian accident can lead to loss of income or lifestyle changes. In any case, whenever a life has been devastated in any way due to someone else’s negligence, the liable party should be held responsible for injury and damages caused.
Pedestrians in Florida are often injured by motor vehicles whose drivers act recklessly or negligently. If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in an accident with a motor vehicle in Florida, contact Darfoor Law Firm. Our firm has extensive experience in representing personal injury victims, including victims of pedestrian accidents. Give us a call today at 1-833-DARFOOR for a free consultation regarding your rights under Florida law.