Types of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are a major problem in the United States. Whether a person is walking their dog, riding a bike, or jogging through their neighborhood, they could fall victim to a range of pedestrian accidents.
When a pedestrian accident is caused by another person’s reckless or negligent actions, injury victims have the right to pursue financial compensation for their losses. Pedestrian accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. represent victims of various pedestrian accidents, including those involving dog walking and bicycles. Accident victims in the Melbourne, FL, Cocoa, FL, and Titusville, FL areas can count on our legal team to work hard to obtain the maximum compensation they are due.
Walking and jogging are great forms of exercise, as well as environmentally friendly means of transportation. While many individuals walk or run on a regular basis without any incidents, pedestrian accidents are fairly common. When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the effects can be catastrophic or deadly. Pedestrians have no form of protection to absorb the impact of an accident, and a person obviously weighs substantially less than even the smallest vehicles. As a result, pedestrians will sustain the brunt of accident damages.
Since the law grants pedestrians the right of way, drivers are found at-fault in most pedestrian accidents. Our attorneys can help pedestrian accident victims, or surviving family members, seek financial compensation for their full range of losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and loss of consortium.
Dog Walking Accidents
Another common reason for walking is to provide our four-legged friends with a bit of exercise. While dog walkers may be struck by a vehicle just like any other pedestrian, the most common type of accident involving dog walking is a dog bite.
Dog owners are held responsible for the actions of their dogs, especially if they fail to adhere to leash laws or other local ordinances. If a pedestrian or dog walker is bitten by another person’s dog, they can seek compensation for losses such as medical expenses and pain and suffering. In some cases, a dog owner’s home insurance policy will cover these types of losses. Our attorneys can help accident victims determine the best way to obtain the financial compensation they are due for dog bite damages.
Like pedestrians who are on foot, bicyclists can suffer major damage in an accident. If a bicyclist is hit by a vehicle, they have little more than a helmet (if they are wearing one) to offer protection. Many bicycle accidents result in catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Bicyclists are expected to follow the rules of the road, but they are also considered pedestrians, so drivers are expected to yield the right of way to them. When a driver is found liable for a bicycle accident, as is often the case, they are responsible for the damages that the accident causes. Bicycle accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. can help victims maximize damages so they get compensated for their full range of economic and non-economic losses.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side as you pursue compensation for damages. To discuss your accident with the attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., send us a message online, or call (321) 308-8020 at your earliest convenience.