On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, a woman who was standing in the middle of the road was killed after being hit by an SUV and then run over by another car around 8:15 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol said that the woman was standing in the northbound lane on Goldenrod Road near Chapel Trace Drive when she was hit by a 2014 Toyota 4-Runner. After being hit by the Toyota, the woman was run over by a black car that left the scene of the accident. Tragically, the woman was pronounced dead at AdventHealth East Orlando after the accident..
What You Should Know About Florida Pedestrian Accidents
There are several things you should know about Florida pedestrian accidents. We have briefly summarized some points below that you should consider if you’ve been injured in a Florida pedestrian accident.
- The responsible or at fault driver’s insurance coverage may cover your damages.
- The police report will often blame the pedestrian for the accident, but the police report is not admissible in court.
- There may be more insurance coverage available to you than you think because more than one person may be liable.
- The insurance company may offer to pay you nothing, but they may change their tune if you get legal representation.
- An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help you maximize the value of your claim and keep you from settling your case for a fraction of what it’s worth.
Drivers Must Yield for Pedestrians in Florida
In Florida, drivers approaching intersections or other areas where pedestrians are crossing the road legally are supposed to yield and allow the pedestrians to cross. This applies to automobile drivers, as well as bicyclists. However, drivers that are going too fast or not paying attention hit pedestrians every day in Florida. Pedestrians are vulnerable when crossing the road and, at least to some extent, have to rely on drivers to stop when drivers are supposed to stop. Unfortunately, some of these drivers don’t stop, and people get seriously injured or killed in these types of accidents.
Steps You Should Take After a Florida Pedestrian Accident
There are several important steps to take after you’ve been in a pedestrian accident in Florida. Here is a quick summary:
- Assess your injuries and get to safety.
- Contact the authorities.
- Get the contact information and insurance information of the driver of the car that hit you.
- Get the contact info of any witnesses.
- Take pictures and video of everything.
- Don’t speak with the driver’s insurance company without speaking to your attorney first.
- Contact a pedestrian accident lawyer at the earliest opportunity.
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If You Get Hit by a Car in Florida, You May be Entitled to Compensation for Your Damages
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. We offer free legal consultations with a pedestrian accident lawyer. You can call our Orlando, Florida personal injury law firm today at (321) 352-7588 today to schedule your free consultation. Also, you can contact us on our website and set your consultation up by email. When you schedule a consultation at our law firm, you will get a consultation with a personal injury lawyer, not a customer service representative or intake person.
Additionally, we have at least one attorney licensed in South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina, in addition to Florida. So, if you’ve been hurt in any of these states, don’t hesitate to call us. We’re here when you need us.
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