Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Miramar Beach

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Going for a walk around Miramar Beach is a great way to get fresh air and enjoy the fantastic Florida weather. There are plenty of pedestrian-specific safety measures in place around the area, including sidewalks, crosswalks, and lighting, to make sure that your path is illuminated. Of course, our beautiful beach is another excellent place to go for walks. However, regardless of where you walk and what safety measures you take yourself, you are often at risk of being involved in an accident caused by a reckless or dangerous driver. 

If you are hurt in a pedestrian accident that someone else causes, there may be legal recourse for you to get compensation for the many damages you suffer. These include the impacts of your accident that have dollar values associated with them, such as your medical bills and lost wages, as well as the “intangible” or seemingly immeasurable impacts like your emotional condition and the pain and suffering you must endure from your injuries. A personal injury attorney can help you quantify these damages and negotiate aggressively to ensure that you are fairly compensated.

Contact Fasig | Brooks Today To Connect With an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Our law firm offers a free initial consultation for victims of scooter accidents in and around Miramar Beach, as well as many other areas in Florida. We offer this free consultation to provide specific legal advice and context to victims who may be feeling like they don’t know where to turn or how to best proceed with getting the money they deserve. 

We understand that it can be challenging to look towards the future with confidence after being seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, but we are here to help. You can learn a bit more about pedestrian accidents below, but we can assure you that you will have a much more precise understanding of your options at the end of our consultation and how we can help you move forward with a strong case. 

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Miramar Beach

The following are just a few of the many possible causes of pedestrian accidents in Miramar Beach and beyond. Whether or not you see the cause of your accident listed below, contact us today: no two accidents are alike, and you will want to work with an attorney to get a clear understanding of your options after an accident. 

Distracted Driving

When we think about distracted driving, we now often immediately think of people texting and driving. While, yes, this is an alarmingly common example of this dangerous behavior, it is not the only distraction that people engage with. Distracted driving encompasses anything that takes a driver’s eyes or attention off the road or their hands off the wheel. For example, eating while driving, playing with the radio, or reaching behind the seat to grab something are all considered distracted driving and limit a driver’s ability to react promptly to obstacles or hazards.

Failure to Yield

Many car accidents involving pedestrians stem from a failure to yield to a pedestrian’s right of way, such as when properly using a crosswalk or crossing an intersection while the light is theirs. There are, of course, many other examples of failures to yield that lead to severe or fatal injuries for a pedestrian, each of which may entitle the victim (or the surviving family members in the event of a deadly accident) to compensation. One way to help reduce your risk of being involved in an accident caused by this type of failure is always to stay defensive and attempt to make eye contact with a driver before proceeding. Unfortunately, though, this is not always possible, and even if you do, it is not guaranteed to be effective. 

Speeding

Speed limits are posted for a reason, but many drivers fail to adhere to them. Whether because they are late to an appointment, not paying attention to the posted limits, or are intentionally driving fast, driving at a higher speed than the limit puts everyone at risk of an accident. At higher speeds, a driver may not notice a pedestrian on the side of the road or may not be able to brake in time if they come upon a crosswalk that they were not expecting. The other issue with speeding is that an impact is much worse as the vehicle moves faster, meaning that a crash at 45 mph in a 25 mph zone has a much higher risk of causing permanent or fatal injuries to the pedestrian.

Drunk Driving

The legal limit for an adult operating a passenger vehicle is a .08% BAC, and anything over this limit is considered drunk driving. For people under the age of 21, this limit is .02%. For CDL drivers who are operating a commercial vehicle, the limit is .04%. Drunk driving is hazardous, as alcohol slows a driver’s reflexes while also lowering their inhibitions and clouding their judgment. Suppose you suspect that the driver who caused your crash is intoxicated. In that case, the responding officer will cite the driver for this violation which will be very helpful for your attorney as they work to establish the issues of fault and liability.

Insufficient Lighting

Sometimes, your accident may be partly due to insufficient lighting, such as streetlights that are not working or simply nonexistent. In these situations, there is a chance that liability falls on both the driver and the municipality, which makes for a more complicated process. In other situations, the insufficient lighting is inside a parking garage or on a private commercial lot, at which point your attorney will need to look closer at the case and determine who is responsible and how your compensation will be recovered. As you can imagine, this can quickly get overwhelming — hiring a personal injury attorney is the best way to give yourself the space and time you need to recover without taking on added stress.