Immokalee Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Like other parts of Florida, Immokalee is dangerous for pedestrians. The Sunshine State regularly tops the list of states with the most pedestrian accidents, beating out even Texas and California. Too many vulnerable residents are hit by motor vehicles while walking around town. If you were hurt in one of these accidents, pick up the phone and contact Cardinal Law, P.A. to speak with our Immokalee pedestrian accident lawyer. You might be eligible to request compensation to cover the costs of medical care and lost wages, among other damages.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents in Immokalee?
Walking is a great form of exercise and should be safer than it is. Sadly, many pedestrians are injured due to:
- Driver distraction. A driver whose eyes are glued to a cell phone will not see a pedestrian crossing up ahead or even the red light telling the driver to stop. Other sources of distraction include pets and children, as well as other electronic devices.
- Driver fatigue. A tired driver will be too slow to pump the brakes and could even fall asleep behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Many of our neighbors are pulling all-night shifts, which makes drowsy driving accidents more common.
- Chemical impairment. When a driver is drunk, reflexes are delayed and they can make critical mistakes. A driver hopped up on cocaine or amphetamines could take unnecessary risks.
- Poor lighting. It’s hard to see pedestrians at night, and missing streetlights only add to the difficulty.
- Inclement weather. Fog and rain obstruct a motorist’s vision, which impedes their ability to see someone trying to cross the street. You can improve visibility by walking with a flashlight, but many pedestrians forget to.
- Pedestrians should cross at an intersection or in a dedicated crosswalk. Unfortunately, many of them spring into traffic because they are in a hurry to get across. They are partially to blame for their own accidents.
- Defective road design. We need better crosswalks, sidewalks, and road design in Florida.
Once our firm identifies fault, we can analyze possible compensation. A jaywalking pedestrian’s own negligence can undercut their case. For example, a driver might have been distracted by a cell phone, but you jumped into traffic to cross outside the crosswalk. Both you and the driver are to blame for the collision.
Florida has recently revised its comparative negligence rules to prevent someone who is more than 50% at fault from receiving any compensation. That makes it harder to win a case. If your fault was less, you can still bring a claim, but your damages are reduced proportionally.
Decades of Experience Helping Accident Victims
We formed Cardinal Law to help everyday people access the justice system after suffering serious bodily injuries. You should not suffer financially due to the neglect or dangerous acts of other people, including reckless drivers. Contact our law firm today to speak with an Immokalee pedestrian accident lawyer about your case. We have negotiated countless settlements for accident victims and their families, and we are accepting new clients.