Florida is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. With all the tourists and vacationers, many drivers are unaware of the laws pertaining to crosswalks, increasing the risk of a car accident. Under Florida Statute 316.130, drivers are required to stop at any crosswalk when a pedestrian is crossing, and pedestrians may only cross the street when they are signaled to do so. If there are no traffic signals, it is assumed that the pedestrian has the right to cross the street. If a driver thinks they have the right of way or is distracted while driving, they may hit a pedestrian and cause serious injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, cuts, scrapes, or even death.
Steps to Take After a Florida Crosswalk Accident
If you were walking in a crosswalk and hit by a car, there are several things to do that can help ensure fair compensation:
- Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries.
- Call 911 and report the accident. Obtain a copy of the police report.
- Gather evidence from the accident scene. This can include information on the driver who hit you, witness contact information, and photos of the accident scene.
Since there is a statute of limitations for filing a crosswalk injury claim, it is essential to call a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer will guide you through the legal process and ensure you file your claim within the required timeframe and it’s filed correctly. In Florida, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim. If you do not file within the four-year timeframe, your claim will be dismissed, and you will not be able to pursue compensation for your injuries or loss.
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful death
Contact Our Florida Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one suffered injuries after being hit by a car while walking in a Florida crosswalk, contact Browning Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you navigate the legal process and determine fair compensation. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online contact form, or call us at 850-344-1736.