Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Orlando, Florida
A pedestrian accident occurs when a motor vehicle driver acts with negligence. Negligence refers to a breach in the duty of care we all owe each other on the roads. Our duty as drivers is to keep each other safe and drive carefully. When someone texts, drives drunk, speeds, or otherwise engages in a dangerous act behind the wheel, they breach this duty. In breaching that duty, they can cause an accident, and in causing an accident, they can cause injuries or death. Common negligent acts that cause car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to properly maintain vehicle
- Improper lane changes
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Following too closely
In the case of an accident that occurs because of a defective part, a third party (the manufacturer) may be at fault for the accident and your injuries because of negligence. This negligence often comes in the form of not performing proper safety checks or failing to issue a recall.
Injuries Associated with Pedestrian Accidents and How They Affect Quality of Life
No matter how severe your injuries are, every injury type will impact one’s quality of life in one way or another. More minor injuries like broken bones and soft tissue injuries can still cause life-long chronic pain, so don’t rule out what you may consider to be minor. You never know how much it’ll cost you long-term. Pedestrian accidents often lean to the severe side, as pedestrians don’t have any protection while walking. A head-on collision can cause damage to the entire body, even at low speeds.
Common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents include:
- Crushing injuries
- Back, neck, and spine injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries (strains, sprains, and tears)
- Amputation (at the scene or because of complications)
Pedestrians may end up with more than one injury, though, with varying healing times and the potential for multiple surgeries, doctor visits, and medications. While following a treatment plan after an accident is critical, it can also be stressful–especially if you don’t know how you’re going to pay for everything. We’re here to alleviate as much of that stress as possible. However, injuries impact life greatly. Because your injuries have likely altered how you spend your days, you deserve to receive compensation that reflects that.