Because pedestrian accidents typically involve a car, automobile insurance companies will often try to handle these claims as quickly as possible and pay out as little money as possible. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important that you contact a Villages pedestrian accident lawyer in order to learn about your legal rights, discuss the viability of a claim, and preserve all the evidence that is necessary to prove your claim.
- What is a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?
- What Steps should you take after a Villages Florida Pedestrian Injury?
- If you decide to make a Pedestrian Accident Claim, What Should You Expect?
- Common Injuries Seen in a Pedestrian on Car Accident?
- What Factors Does Florida law look at in a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
- What Does the Florida Pedestrian Accident Claim Process Look Like?
- How Long Does It Take to Make a Villages Pedestrian Accident Claim?
- Calculating the Amount of Potential Recovery in a Pedestrian Accident Claim
- How to Find the Best Injury Attorney For Your Pedestrian Accident Claim
- Contacting a Lawyer for a Central Florida Pedestrian Accident Case
- Getting Medical Attention After a Pedestrian Accident
- My Approach to Florida Pedestrian Injury Cases
- What if Your Loved One Passed Away Because of the Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to receive money damages that exceeds what the insurance company initially offers. Most reputable Florida pedestrian accident attorneys will speak to you for free about your potential claim. During this consultation, you will learn about Florida law, whether you have a viable claim, and other legal options.
Pedestrian Accidents in Florida
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 4,735 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents in 2013. Pedestrian accidents were one group of accidents that actually increased in number. This is being written on January 12, 2016. For the first 10 days of January 2016, Florida saw 102 pedestrian crashes and 1 fatality.
The Broad Scope of Pedestrian Injuries
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, even a glancing blow that happens when a person is clipped by a side view mirror, the physical injuries can be serious. When compared to the steel and construction of a vehicle, the human body is frail. What adds insult to injury in these cases, is that pedestrian accidents can be prevented if the motor vehicle driver paid attention instead of being in rush, texting, checking Facebook, talking on their cell phone or changing the radio station. A Villages Florida pedestrian accident attorney can review the facts of your claim and give you enough information so you can make an informed decision about whether to pursue a claim or not.
I have personally seen the following injuries in a vehicle on pedestrian accident:
- Hip Fractures
- Knee Fractures
- Head & face – abrasions and fractures
- Neck injury including fracture and disc herniation
- Broken Shoulder(s)
- Elbow Fractures
- Wrist Fractures
- Calcaneus Fractures
- Injuries to the vertebrae
- Abdomen – soft tissue injuries, internal and external contusions
- Pelvis – fractures to any of the pelvic bones including the ilium, ischium, and sacrum
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Because of the nature of pedestrian accidents (heavy car on little person), the scope of injury is often severe if not fatal.
Traumatic brain injuries come in two forms:
(1) Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) in which there is torsional shearing to the specific cells in the brain which are called neurons.
(2) Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in which there is frank injury to the skull. It can be caused by a foreign object that impales the skull, a fracture of one or more of the bones, or a significant percussive motion that causes frank injury to the brain.
While immediate medical care may help stop additional damage, if there is bleeding, bruising or a fracture of the skull, the initial injury can be irreversible. A traumatic brain injury can cause memory loss and personality changes, trouble with math and writing, or any other symptoms depending on the area of the brain injured. For instance, if the injury happened to the back of the skull (the occipital area), the victim can experience problems with vision. TBIs are difficult to diagnose because routine imaging studies will often be reported as normal.
The key to treating a MTBI is proper work-up and diagnosis. Many times routine imaging studies like computerized tomography and MRI do not adequately assess the condition. Special imaging studies like DTI (Diffuse Tensor Imaging) sequencing of an MRI can actually show problems with the neurological tracts involved and axonal(nerve) shearing.
If you have any questions about a Villages Pedestrian Accident call (352) 267-9168.