Preserving Your Rights After a Pedestrian Accident
As recently reported by Local 10 News, two women were jogging in Miami Shores before sunrise when they were struck by a vehicle on a recent weekday morning. The pair of pedestrians were out around 6:40 a.m. when they were hit by a 27-year-old man who was driving southbound in a 2015 BMW 328i when he struck the joggers as they were trying to cross the street. One of the women was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The pedestrians were reportedly not in a crosswalk when they attempted to cross and the driver had a green light at the time of the deadly incident. In addition, the women, who remain publicly unnamed, were both in their 40s and the collision remains under investigation.
Learning the Risks for Pedestrians
When heading out for a jog around the neighborhood or deciding on a nice day to walk instead of drive to a destination, no one is ever expecting a car to hit them. But unfortunately, pedestrian accidents happen all the time and more often than any of us would like to believe. According to research published by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 2019 had the unfortunate distinction of having the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States in more than three decades. In fact, more than 6,500 pedestrians were killed on roads in this country last year.
Driver Negligence and Pedestrian Accidents
When an accident occurs involving a pedestrian, it is often due to some aspect of negligence on the part of the driver. In those cases, the pedestrian has certain rights of which they should be aware which may include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and even pain and suffering. But in order for a pedestrian to receive compensation for their injuries, he or she generally must prove that the driver’s negligence directly resulted in their losses. You should always seek medical attention immediately following an accident even if you don’t immediately feel the full effects of an injury. In addition, visiting with a personal injury attorney as early as possible can help you understand how to build a strong case to ensure that you receive compensation from the responsible negligent driver for all of your injuries.
Turn to Us if You Were Involved in a Pedestrian Accident
If you have been injured in an accident while you were a pedestrian, there is a good chance that you are entitled to compensation. It is always a wise choice in this situation to consult with a highly-skilled attorney who has a proven track record of helping accident victims successfully hold accountable the parties responsible for their injuries. As the Miami personal injury attorneys at Payer & Associates, we are committed to helping injured victims obtain the compensation they deserve. You can depend on us to guide you through the process of preserving your legal rights to ensure you can seek the maximum compensation from the parties that are at fault. Contact us today to discuss the details of your pedestrian accident with a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation.