Wrongful Death in a Pedestrian Accident in Florida
A wrongful death is one that is caused by another person’s wrongful action or negligence. A pedestrian may be killed when a driver is distracted, drunk, speeding, or just not paying attention. Sometimes a driver runs a red light or stop sign, or fails to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. A driver who is talking on a cell phone or texting, eating or drinking, reaching for something in the car, adjusting the radio, or looking out the window at a sign or an accident may not be paying appropriate attention to pedestrians, and a fatal accident may occur.
The survivors of a person who has been killed in a pedestrian accident in Florida as the result of another person’s negligence may file a wrongful death claim to recover for their losses. This is best done with the assistance of an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Florida.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Florida are All Too Common
Transportation for America is an advocacy group that studies pedestrian safety. Its Dangerous by Design study has found for several years running that Florida is the most deadly state in the nation for pedestrians. Four Florida metropolitan areas top the list for the most pedestrian injuries and fatalities: Orlando-Kissimmee, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Jacksonville, and Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach. The study reports that between 2000 and 2009 5,163 people were killed while walking in Florida.
An Experienced, Compassionate Wrongful Death Lawyer is a Must in a Pedestrian Accident in Florida
The death of a family member in a pedestrian accident in Florida can be emotionally devastating, especially when you know that it was caused by someone’s carelessness and could have been prevented. The last thing you may feel like doing is taking on a legal action to recover damages. But for many survivors, holding the person whose negligence caused your loss accountable is a first step in the healing process. Having an experienced lawyer you trust to handle the many steps required in a wrongful death case in Florida can relieve you of much of the burden and allow you and your family the time you need to heal.
With the right attorney—one who is compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable—your rights will be protected. It is important to hire a lawyer without too much delay, because the Florida Wrongful Death Statute limits the time available to file a claim in Florida.
If you would like to learn more about filing a wrongful death claim in Florida but are not yet ready to consult a lawyer, you might want to begin by reading a consumer guide written by Jim Dodson, a wrongful death lawyer in Clearwater, Florida, with over twenty years’ experience helping families who have lost a loved ones in pedestrian accidents in Florida. The guide is entitled A Survivor’s Guide to Florida Wrongful Death Claims.
Sometimes survivors have questions that need immediate answers. If you do, Jim is here to help. Send him a private email at email@example.com. You can feel confident that we will respect your privacy and never share your information with anyone.
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