Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
Accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians often result in severe personal injury or death. The unprotected human body simply cannot withstand the impact of a vehicle weighing 1,500 pounds or more, even when very low speeds are involved. The types of injuries common to pedestrian accidents can lead to severe disability, excessive medical costs, and other damages.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident or if a loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, experienced Orlando pedestrian accident attorney Stephen J. Knox can help make sure your rights are protected and that you receive all the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are the result of either driver error or pedestrian error:
- Pedestrian error – Includes failure to abide by crosswalk signage and other traffic/pedestrian controls, jaywalking, or walking along or crossing limited-access highways. Children who suddenly run out onto a roadway and a parent or other caretaker who chase after them make up a good percentage of pedestrian accidents. Intoxicated pedestrians are also a significant hazard.
- Motorist error – Ignoring crosswalks, school zones, traffic controls and other signage, driving while intoxicated, speeding, and passing a stopped school bus make up the majority of driver error accidents. Cell phone use and other avoidable driver distractions often play a part.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents almost always result in severe injuries to multiple parts of the body. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, fractures, and internal injuries are very common. While many types of injuries can heal completely, some injuries are permanent. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries often have devastating mental, physical, behavioral, and emotional effects, leading to irreversible disability.
Calculating damages in these types of cases is very complex and requires the knowledge of an experienced personal injury attorney. Often these claims are much more complex than a typical auto accident case. Mr. Knox has handled many claims involving pedestrian injuries during his 23 year career, and he has the skills, background and experience needed to help you receive fair compensation for your damages.
If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact our Orlando personal injury law office today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.