Unsurprisingly, pedestrian accidents are a major problem in Florida. The warm climate gives its residents plenty of opportunities to get outside and soak up the sun. Between the abundance of beaches and months of great weather, it is no surprise that Florida has so much pedestrian traffic. The large amount of foot traffic is not the only reason that Florida ranks so highly in pedestrian fatalities. In fact, Florida ranks nearly double the national average in terms of pedestrian accident fatalities despite being on par with other states in terms of total foot traffic. Oftentimes, a negligent driver is to blame for pedestrian crashes. If you need a pedestrian accident lawyer to fight for you, turn to The Ruth Law Team.
The Ruth Law Team is a highly skilled and experienced legal partner that you can turn to in your time of need. If you or a loved one has been hit by a car, the incident can affect the rest of your life. We have experience trying a wide variety of personal injury cases, including pedestrian accidents. Our pedestrian accident lawyers will be in your corner when you need it most. We will fight for you and make every effort to recover on your behalf. We will hold all responsible parties accountable, including the at-fault driver and local municipalities that may have contributed to your injuries.
If you have been hit by a car, The Ruth Law Team may be able to help. We can offer you expert legal counsel during a free case review. If you would like to meet with our team, simply call our offices or complete a contact form today.
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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are perhaps one of the most deadly forms of vehicle-related accidents there are. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, they have no protection. Their body is subjected to an extreme amount of force that will almost always result in lifelong ailments or even death. Due to the inherent risks of being hit by a car, it is vital that you understand the primary causes of this all too common occurrence. If you have been injured by the negligence of another, The Ruth Law Team’s pedestrian accident lawyers can provide invaluable guidance in your time of need. We may be able to file a claim on your behalf and obtain justice for you.
Pedestrian crashes can affect literally anyone, but they almost always involve an act of negligence on the part of the at-fault driver. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents may include:
- Distracted driving (i.e., texting)
- Driving while under the influence
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving in reverse carelessly
- Violating pedestrian right-of-way laws
- Turning left without checking for pedestrians
- Improper signage or lighting near crosswalks
What Happens Next?
Being hit by a car is one of the most traumatic experiences that anyone could have in life. At The Ruth Law Team, we understand that this may be your first time seeking legal counsel. It may even be the first time that you have suffered a serious injury. Our pedestrian accident attorneys want to make this process as simple and stress-free as possible. We will help you navigate the entire legal process.
Our process involves three simple, but effective steps:
The first stage in our process involves collecting documents that are related to your case. This will include medical bills, medical records, insurance information, and more. During this phase, we are laying the groundwork for your claim. These documents will give us a general idea of how to structure your claim and calculate your damages. If your case needs to be taken to trial, our team will present these documents to jurors. By demonstrating the significant impact that being hit by a car made on your life, we will improve our chances of obtaining a positive outcome.
Your incident was probably investigated by law enforcement at the time it occurred. However, police investigations are focused on the crash itself, not necessarily on the impact that crash made on your life. Once we have finished collecting documentation, we will conduct our own investigation. We will collect any police reports, dash camera footage, and evidence available about your accident. We will also review the scene personally and ensure that nothing was missed. This may include checking security camera footage, speaking to additional witnesses, and taking photographs of the area.
The third and final stage of our process involves negotiating with the defense. The vast majority of pedestrian accident claims are settled out of court. We will make every effort to obtain a favorable offer so that your case can be resolved quickly. If the defense is unwilling to provide you with a fair and just settlement offer, your pedestrian accident attorney will take your case to trial. During the trial, we will tirelessly present your case to jurors.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents
If you have been hit by a car, then you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. While every case is different, The Ruth Law Team can match you with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. This attorney will assess the merits of your case and help you decide how to proceed. Our consultations are totally free and are the best way of determining if you have a strong case.
If you have been hit by a car, the last thing that you should have to worry about is the cost of hiring an attorney. That is why The Ruth Law Team functions on a contingency basis. This means that we will provide you with a free consultation and even accept your case without any upfront costs.
If our team cannot obtain a settlement for you, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial. If we do not recover, you will not owe us anything at all. Our contingency policy allows you to seek legal counsel without fear of financial limitations.
If you are hit by a car, your first priority should be to seek medical care. Prompt medical treatment can save your life and improve your chances of making a full recovery. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care as soon as possible. Oftentimes, the adrenaline spike caused by being hit by a car or involved in a crash can hide the seriousness of your injuries. If you need assistance locating follow up medical treatment, we can help find a provider in your area who treats pedestrian accident injuries.
After the dust has settled and you have addressed any pressing medical concerns, then you may want to consider seeking legal counsel. Our pedestrian accident lawyers will get to work quickly seeking justice on your behalf. The sooner you reach out to us, the better our chances are of obtaining a favorable outcome for you.
Every single pedestrian accident case is different. However, many of these types of cases are settled out of court. The defense team often attempts to avoid a trial at all costs as a juror verdict in your favor could mean a huge payout.
With that said, The Ruth Law Team is here to serve you. If you are dissatisfied with a settlement offer, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial. Our goal is to obtain a fair and favorable outcome for you, not accept a subpar settlement offer.
Yes, we have tried hundreds of accident injury cases, which includes many pedestrian accidents. Our pedestrian accident attorneys have the expertise and knowledge necessary to build a strong case for your claim.
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, they can suffer a wide range of serious and life-threatening injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, concussions, and even spinal cord injuries. Many of these injuries will affect the victim for the rest of their life. An injury claim is the best way to obtain the resources you need to regain a sense of normalcy and make a strong recovery.
While pedestrian accidents can happen to just about anyone, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk. First, as a pedestrian, you should ensure that you are aware of your surroundings at all times, especially during busy traffic hours or in the evening. Check each direction and be attentive to vehicular traffic when crossing the road. Just because you are paying close attention does not mean that every driver is. You should also avoid walking or riding your bicycle in low-visibility weather, such as heavy fog or low light conditions.
Yes, The Ruth Law Team has over three decades of experience and are known for getting excellent results for our clients. In fact, we have recovered over $65 million for clients in accident-related personal injury claims and more than $100 million in jury verdicts alone. While no case can have a guaranteed outcome, we have a reputation for showing unwavering commitment to our clients. When you have The Ruth Law Team in your corner, defense attorneys take notice.
In some cases, yes. While the negligent driver bears the majority of the responsibility for your injuries, the city may also be liable. For example, a lack of implementation of pedestrian safety measures, such as signs or lighting, could have contributed to your accident. Our pedestrian accident lawyers will consider these factors during the investigation phase of our process.
A local government is also responsible for providing safe walkways for pedestrians. This network should include sidewalks, marked crosswalks, signage, or other measures to facilitate foot traffic. If they fail to do so, they must be held accountable.
If your accident was caused by a drunk driver, then the establishment that served the driver may share some responsibility. Florida law sets forth clear regulations for alcohol establishments. A violation of these regulations can leave them open to significant civil liability.
During the investigation phase of our process, we will attempt to identify any parties that played a role in your incident. Our goal is to hold people accountable for their negligent actions, even if we have to take on an entire city government to do so. The Ruth Law Team will never shy away from a challenge if it means getting justice for our clients.
Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
For over 35 years, The Ruth Law Team has helped hundreds of clients throughout the state of Florida. We provide our clients with exceptional legal guidance during their time of need. Our pedestrian accident attorneys are here to fight on your behalf if you or a loved one has been hit by a car. We are prepared to meet with you in person at any of our conveniently located offices. We can also come to you or provide a consultation over the phone.
The Ruth Law Team’s attorneys include:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
Contact an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Being hit by a car can result in substantial injury or even death. If you or a loved one has suffered due to the negligence of another, The Ruth Law Team’s pedestrian accident attorneys may be able to help. We have a proven track record of recovering for our clients.
Don’t put off your quest for justice. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that valuable evidence will be lost forever. Contact The Ruth Law Team today at 1-888-783-8378, and schedule your free consultation. We will match you with a talented pedestrian accident attorney near you.
Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
You may reach us at any time of the day or night at 1-888-783-8378. We will set you up with a free phone consultation or match you with a pedestrian accident attorney near you. We have offices in the following locations: