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Representation for victims of auto-pedestrian accidents

Last week's post on this Florida-based personal injury legal blog discussed the rights that individuals have when they legally cross roads in crosswalks. Crosswalks are designated areas, often marked with paint, where pedestrians may cross from one side of a road to the other without fear of vehicle incursion. Generally, when a pedestrian is legally in a crosswalk all traffic must yield to them to allow them safe passage to the other side of the street.

However, as readers know, not all drivers respect or acknowledge the presence of pedestrians on Florida roads. Many drivers choose to use their cellphones or allow other distractions to cloud their driving focus which can result in collisions with other cars and people. A distracted driver may miss a pedestrian in a crosswalk and cause them to suffer significant bodily injuries when they strike them with their car.

What rights do pedestrians have in crosswalks?

Many roads and streets in Hillsborough are marked with crosswalks. A crosswalk is a portion of a roadway where a pedestrian may legally cross. Often, crosswalks are marked by parallel lines in which pedestrians may walk from one side of a street to the other, and often crosswalks are located at or near intersections.

In some situations, crosswalks may be controlled by signals. Just as roads have stop and go lights, a crosswalk may have a stop and go signal. Pedestrians generally must obey these signals in order to abide by the law, but if a pedestrian is struck in a crosswalk while following a go signal, then the driver of the involved vehicle may be liable for damages suffered by the pedestrian.

Commercial vehicle accidents often result from preventable errors

A mistake in any context can cause problems for Florida residents who are left to clean up the aftermath of the error. Nowhere is this truer than in the context of a motor vehicle accident. One distracted or intoxicated driver can cause an accident that hurts many individuals, causes significant pain and suffering, and forces victims to incur significant financial losses.

When commercial vehicles are involved in vehicle collisions, the damages can be extensive and severe. Sadly, though, many commercial vehicle accidents are caused by preventable mistakes committed by drivers, trucking companies, and others. This post will explain some of these preventable causes, but readers with questions about this area of the law should talk to their trusted personal injury attorneys.

What should you know after an accident that was not your fault?

Being involved in a car accident is frightening and overwhelming. A collision can change your life in an instant, and you may not be sure what you can do to pick up the pieces and move forward from this point. You may know that your accident was not your fault, but what can you do to prove fault and hold liable parties accountable?

Sometimes, determining fault is clear, and other times it is not. It can be a difficult process to identify exactly what happened and how it happened, but these are important answers you need if you want to pursue a personal injury claim. You may find it helpful to learn more about the assignment of fault, what insurance companies look for and how you can build a strong case for your claim.

Motorcycle accidents: what is an ejection accident?

Motorcycle accidents are both serious and common. While Florida residents may choose to ride motorcycles for their commutes and travels, they should be aware that accidents involving motorcycles can be deadly. It is often the case that motorcycle accidents are not caused by motorcyclists but rather by other drivers who share the roads with motorcycles.

One common type of motorcycle accident is an ejection accident. The ejection of a motorcycle accident victim may happen when their motorcycle comes to an abrupt stop. The action of stopping may force the motorcycle rider to continue to move, fly over the handlebars, and collide with whatever surface is in front of them. That can mean that a motorcyclist could crash into another vehicle, a structure, or even the road that they are traveling on.

Do you know issues could be to blame for your truck accident?

When a large truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the results can be catastrophic. Smaller, lighter vehicles are often no match for the bigger size and heavier weight of semitrailers or commercial vehicles. If you were in an accident with a truck, you know firsthand how catastrophic the aftermath of that type of collision can be.

Truck accidents happen for many reasons, and often, they relate to fatigue. If you believe that you are the victim of an accident caused by a negligent or reckless truck driver, you do not have to suffer alone. You could have grounds to seek compensation through a personal injury claim, but it may first help to start by looking into common causes of truck driver fatigue in order to determine what happened to you.

Who is most at risk of being hurt in a pedestrian accident?

According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 6,000 people lost their lives in pedestrian-vehicle accidents in the United States in 2016. Almost 130,000 more victims suffered injuries in collisions with vehicles. By these statistics, pedestrian crashes kill an individual every 90 minutes in our country. Residents of Florida know all too well that these often preventable collisions occur in the Sunshine State, but it is often individuals from certain demographic groups that are more likely to be harmed in crashes with cars.

For example, older individuals are more likely to become pedestrian accident victims than their younger adult counterparts. Older individuals may stay in crosswalks longer and may move slower than younger adults, making them less likely to be able to avoid vehicles when they cross their paths. Similarly, children are also more likely to be hurt and killed in pedestrian accidents than younger adults. Children can be erratic and may move into traffic without considering the dangers, putting them in the path of oncoming traffic.

Get help after suffering losses in a drunk driving accident

Last month this Florida-based personal injury blog published a post on the effects that drinking has on the human body. Alcohol can cause a variety of changes in the body in a relatively short amount of time, from impacting the way that a person judges distance and time, to decreasing their inhibitions and making them more likely to take risks. When put together, the effects of alcohol on the human body make driving a dangerous activity to do when drunk.

Unfortunately many people in Florida choose to drink and then drive. When they do, they put themselves and others in the path of harm. Although not every drunk driver causes a car accident resulting in serious injuries, many drunk drivers make poor driving decisions that result in crashes, injuries, and significant losses for victims.

More car accidents from red light running now than in the past

Distracted driving is a problem in Florida. When drivers allow their focus and attention to follow tasks and activities that are not driving, they may miss important changes in road conditions and cause dangerous car accidents. One way that distracted driving puts motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists in danger is when distracted drivers fail to see road signs and traffic lights.

Drivers know that red lights mean that it is their turn to stop and that they must wait for green lights to go. However, distracted drivers may not see traffic lights, or they may not notice when they change from green to yellow to red. This, in turn, may cause them to enter intersections when it is not their turn. A recent study suggests that more red light violations are happening now that in the past, and that may be due to an increase in distracted driving.

Liability for commercial vehicle accidents can be far-reaching

An automobile accident between two Florida residents may be a frustrating event. Even if the parties are not hurt and only suffer damage to their property, they are often caught in a complicated process of sorting out insurance, having their vehicles repaired, and dealing with the hassle of the whole situation. Accidents, though, are not always this straightforward. When victims suffer serious personal injuries they may have to fight to get what they need to move forward.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents can sue for the recovery of their damages. The lawsuits that they file will name the party or parties that they believe caused their harm. In a case where two private parties experienced a crash, one may sue the other for their damages. However, when a person is hurt by a commercial vehicle, there may be a multitude of possible parties to include in their personal injury pleadings.

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