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Orange Park Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian Accidents in Clay County
If you or someone you love was hit by a car or motor vehicle while walking, reach out to the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. right away for personalized legal representation. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages, and our Orange Park pedestrian accident attorneys can help you file your personal injury claim.
You should not have to deal with the significant, life-altering consequences of someone else’s negligence. Our firm is ready to represent you and your best interests throughout the legal process. With over a century of combined experience and a proven record of success, we have what it takes to effectively advocate for you. When it comes to serious injury claims, we don’t just settle—we fight for the full compensation you are owed.
What Are the Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
In the simplest terms, negligence is the leading cause of pedestrian accidents. More specifically, negligent motorists (and other parties, such as bicyclists) frequently play a significant role in these devastating accidents.
Some of the main causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving/falling asleep at the wheel
- Failure to obey traffic control devices (red lights, stop signs, etc.)
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Unsafe/unlawful turns or passing
- Crossing an intersection or roadway unsafely/unlawfully
- Traffic law violations
- Poor visibility (due to weather conditions, time of day, and other factors)
- Defective roadway design or construction
- Pedestrians “darting out” into the roadway
Unfortunately, even when you are following the law and acting with reasonable care, you cannot always avoid an accident. When you are struck by a large, fast-moving, multi-ton vehicle, you are likely to sustain significant catastrophic injuries and a wide range of lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we stand up for injured pedestrians who, through no fault of their own, have suffered immense injuries, lasting pain, and considerable financial hardships. Our Orange Park pedestrian accident lawyers are ready to listen to your story and share how they can help you get back on your feet during a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
Are Pedestrians Ever at Fault?
Believe it or not, pedestrians do not always have the right of way. In fact, people on foot are required to share the road safely with motorists and obey all applicable laws. These laws are meant to not only keep pedestrians safe but also to ensure the safety of everyone else on the road.
In Florida, pedestrians have the following responsibilities:
- Pedestrians must follow all traffic control devices, including “walk,” “do not walk,” and “wait” signals, as well as stoplights
- They must use sidewalks when sidewalks are present/available, as well as designated pedestrian walkways and crossings
- Pedestrians should cross roadways at the shortest possible distance between corners, meaning they must avoid crossing intersections diagonally unless specifically permitted to do so
- Whenever possible, pedestrians should use marked or unmarked crosswalks; when the next adjacent intersection has a crosswalk, pedestrians should use it
- Pedestrians should always avoid “darting out” or stepping into the path of an oncoming vehicle when the vehicle does not have enough time to yield/stop
Pedestrians may be considered partly or wholly at fault when they fail to yield the right of way to vehicles when required to do so. For example, if a pedestrian starts to cross a street where there is no marked crosswalk and a car is approaching too quickly to stop, the motorist may (successfully) argue that the pedestrian entered the roadway unsafely and in violation of the law.
How Comparative Fault May Affect Your Claim
Because Florida follows a rule of pure comparative fault, you can still seek compensation for your damages if you were partly to blame (or if the insurance company argues you were partly to blame) for the accident. This is true even if you were more at fault than the other person or party. However, your recovery will be affected if you are found to share some of the blame.
Under Florida’s pure comparative fault rule, anyone who is found to be partly at fault for an accident will only be able to recover a certain percentage of the total recovery they would have otherwise received. This percentage is determined based on the individual’s percentage of fault. For example, if a jury finds you 40% to blame for the accident, you can only recover up to 60% of the total compensation you would have been able to recover if you were not at fault whatsoever.
Providing Compassionate, Personalized Representation
Since 2003, our firm has been dedicated to serving members of our community with individualized legal support and personal attention. We understand that pedestrian accident victims often suffer severe, life-altering injuries and, as a result, need help recovering compensation for significant damages.
Our Orange Park pedestrian accident lawyers are highly experienced in helping injured individuals receive fair compensation for all of their damages, including medical expenses, future medical costs, lost income, future lost earnings, lost earning ability, pain and suffering, inconvenience, and lost quality of life. We can help you understand your legal options and devise a personalized strategy aimed at securing the best possible results in your unique case.
Our firm offers legal services in Spanish, Russian, and German, and we do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for you ever!
Learn more by calling us at (855) 933-3881 and requesting a free, confidential consultation.