Orlando Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
The ability to cross the street safely is ground zero of a civil society. Yet, hurried and distracted drivers hit and seriously injure pedestrians with alarming frequency. They also injure people on skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, strollers, and bicycles.
When an unprotected pedestrian is hit by any kind of motor vehicle, the pedestrian can suffer catastrophic injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, fractures, internal injuries, and even wrongful death.
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Whether you were hit by a car, truck, motorcycle, bus, or taxi, our Florida pedestrian accident lawyer can help. We even handle cases involving golf cart accidents.
Many pedestrian accidents involve children or senior citizens, but a negligent driver puts everyone at risk. Our Orlando attorneys represent victims who were injured in all kinds of circumstances, even if the pedestrian was:
- Not crossing at the intersection
- Not in the crosswalk
- A child who ran into the street
Pedestrians are in More Accidents in Florida
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration or NHTSA reported 50,000 pedestrians have become involved in traffic accidents across the U.S. in 2012. The number has skyrocketed and sadly, over 4000 of those pedestrians were seriously injured or killed. A fact that isn't surprising: Orlando is at the top of the Most Dangerous Cities List compiled by Allstate Insurance, and the top four cities named are in Florida.
William Umansky is an attorney based in Orlando, who has been asked many times about his opinion behind the high number of pedestrian accidents in and around his city. He states that the high number of tourists, which is approximately 53 million a year in Central Florida alone, contributes heavily to this fact.
William Umansky believes the tourists are unfamiliar with the area, so whether they are walking, or driving a rental car, they are not familiar with the traffic and street signs. Their attention is focused on looking at the sights, scenery, and stores. Their eyes are sometimes not on the road. In tourist cities, this concept applies to tourists both walking and driving. Kissimmee and Orlando are filled with amusement parks and tourist attractions.
To reduce pedestrian fatalities, Mr. Umansky offers a few tips from his observations over the past 20 years. At intersections, he recommends:
1. Stay off your cell phone including both texting and calling.
2. Assume others drivers are not paying attention. This is called defensive driving and will reduce accidents.
3. If you are injured in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to help you in recovering the damages.
Know Your Rights
Pedestrians have slightly more recourse in Florida. If they are hit by a commercial vehicle that is found to be at fault, the pedestrian has what is called "vicarious liability." This means is that the person who was hit can sue both the individual driver and also the company they were driving for. If this happens to you or someone close to you, find an experienced personal injury attorney to recover your losses.
Were you injured in a hit-and-run accident or struck in a parking lot or parking garage? Our Florida pedestrian accident attorneys can help you recover the full amount of financial compensation to which you are legally entitled.
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If you are considering a pedestrian accident lawsuit, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm today for a free consultation and case evaluation. You can rely on The Umansky Law Firm to take care of all the details of filing an injury claim so that you can focus on recovery.