Accidents between motor vehicles and pedestrians can cause life-changing injuries and fatalities. Sidewalks, crosswalks, parking lots, and other areas with large amounts of traffic are common locations for pedestrian accidents. Being struck by a vehicle is scary and overwhelming. If you find yourself in this situation and believe you may have a claim, contact our Fort Pierce pedestrian accident lawyers at Fetterman Law for assistance.
Why Choose Fetterman Law After a Fort Pierce Pedestrian Accident
If you are the victim of a Fort Pierce pedestrian accident, you may experience extensive damages like lost time at work, medical bills, and significant pain and suffering. You must have the support of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to ensure your case is handled properly and to help you secure a fair amount of compensation for your injuries and damages.
At Fetterman Law our pedestrian accident attorneys have provided legal representation for Fort Pierce pedestrian accident victims for many years. We never take on clients just for the “heck of it.” Instead, we ensure each client and case receives personalized attention to ensure a fair amount of compensation is received.
Our legal team works on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not receive payment until you do. Contact our firm today to learn more about how our attorneys can help with your case and schedule a free initial consultation.
Common Types of Fort Pierce Pedestrian Accidents
The faster a vehicle travels when it strikes a pedestrian, the more serious the injuries will be. While this is true, other factors come into play. For example, when a pedestrian strikes concrete, the way they fall and what part of their body is impacted first will determine the severity of their injuries. Even accidents that occur when a vehicle is traveling just a few miles per hour have the potential to be fatal.
While any accident involving a motor vehicle striking a pedestrian is serious, some of the ones that are most seen in and around the Fort Pierce area include the following:
A dart-out accident is as the name implies – it is when someone moves into the road suddenly, leaving a driver little or no time to react.
However, not all cases of dart-out accidents are the pedestrian’s fault. If the pedestrian was moving across the designated crosswalk, but the oncoming vehicle’s view was obscured by another vehicle or object, it may seem like the pedestrian darted out into traffic when they actually did not.
This type of accident occurs when a driver strikes a pedestrian as they back up. It often occurs in parking lots if the driver fails to look behind their vehicle before moving.
Similar to dart-out accidents, intersection accidents occur when a pedestrian moves into traffic suddenly or if they misjudge how much time they have to cross the road. If the driver does not have time to react, it can result in an accident.
These accidents are common in neighborhoods where children try to meet the ice cream truck or where food trucks are found. The vendor truck driver may not see someone nearby, especially children, and hit them.
Turn and Merge Accidents
A turn-and-merge accident occurs if a driver is too focused on merging into traffic or making a turn. The driver may alternate looking left and right but fail to see pedestrians until they begin to merge or turn.
This occurs if a negligent driver cannot see a pedestrian due to a bus or another vehicle stopping to allow pedestrians to cross. In this situation, the driver may hit a pedestrian while attempting to pass the stopped vehicle.
Why Are Pedestrian Accidents in Fort Pierce So Common?
The most common reason daytime pedestrian accidents occur in Fort Pierce when it is clear the driver can see the pedestrian, is distracted driving. Distracted driving accidents occur when a driver is focused on something else besides driving. The most common types of distractions include the following:
- Adjusting the radio
- Using a phone or another electronic device
- Drinking or eating
- Talking to others in the vehicle
- Looking at something on the side of the road
Unfortunately, most vehicles – regardless of size – cannot stop quickly, and when the driver sees a pedestrian, they may have already hit them. This is why Florida views distracted driving as negligence.
Other common reasons that pedestrian accidents occur include failure to yield to pedestrians, improper vehicle maintenance, and speeding. You can contact our office to discuss your legal compensation options if you believe a driver’s negligence caused your collision.
Common Injuries Seen in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are at risk any time they are walking near motor vehicles.
In some situations, pedestrians do not even see the vehicle before it strikes them. Even if they notice it, it may be impossible to get out of the way and avoid being struck. Some of the injuries that can be caused by these incidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Severe burns
- Loss of life
- Spinal cord injuries
If you are struck as a pedestrian, you may require medical treatment, surgery, extended hospitalization, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Your quality of life may never return to what it was before you were injured.
What to Do if You Are Involved in a Fort Pierce Pedestrian Accident
After being struck by a vehicle, you may not know what steps to take to protect your right to recover compensation. In some situations, your injuries will be so severe that immediate, emergency medical attention is needed.
If you do not need to be transported to the emergency room for medical treatment immediately, there are other steps you should take, which include the following:
Collect Evidence and Information
If the driver who hit you stopped at the scene, get their name and contact information. You should also get their insurance information and the make and model of the vehicle. If any witnesses are nearby, get their information, too.
Keep Essential Records On-Hand and Organized
You need to get access to records that will help you prove liability and show what damages caused your accident. Some of the documents and records to gather include the traffic crash report, police report, and all medical records. It is also smart to keep notes about the amount of time you miss from work due to your injury, the diagnosis your doctor has given you, advice, recommendations, and records of conversations you have with anyone else involved in the accident or the insurance company for the at-fault party.
Contact Fetterman Law for Help with Your Fort Pierce Pedestrian Accident
If you are involved in a Fort Pierce pedestrian accident, our legal team is ready to help with your case. We will collect evidence on your behalf and help show how much compensation you are entitled to.
To get started, contact our law firm to schedule a free initial consultation. We will review the facts of your case and create a plan to move forward to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. We fight for our clients to ensure they can fully recover from the injuries they sustained in a pedestrian accident.