According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Orlando-Kissimmee area is the country’s most dangerous for pedestrians, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg. Unfortunately pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents often result in death or serious bodily injury because of the nature of a person or bicycle vs. motor vehicle collision. Moreover, a high number of these accidents involve a hit-and-run driver. Consequently, many pedestrian and bicycle accidents are not reported to the police until many days later when it is very difficult to find the negligent driver.Florida laws are designed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists from collisions with motor vehicles. Florida law provides, among other things, that:
- drivers must allow pedestrians and bicyclists on crossroads to cross the road completely before proceeding through the intersection;
- drivers must not attempt to pass or overtake another vehicle stopped at a crossroad when there is a pedestrian or bicyclist within its perimeter;
- drivers must exercise due care to avoid crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists.
Unfortunately, despite these laws specifically enacted to protect pedestrians and bicycle riders, accidents continue to occur at a tremendous human cost.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a collision with a motor vehicle while you were a pedestrian or you were riding a bicycle, you should know that you most likely qualify for personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. PIP pays 80% of your medical expenses and 60% of your lost wages up to either $2,500.00 or $10,000.00 depending on whether you have suffered an emergency medical condition. If you own an insured vehicle, your insurance company must provide PIP even when you were run over by a car as a pedestrian or bicyclist. Moreover, even if you don’t own a car, the insurance of the vehicle that struck you must provide PIP coverage to you in most situations.
ORLANDO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER
Ernesto Gonzalez is an Orlando pedestrian accident attorney with the experience and skills to defend your rights against the insurance companies and large corporations. If you have suffered personal injuries because of a negligent driver while crossing the street or riding your bicycle, you are entitled to a monetary compensation from the negligent driver’s insurance company. If the accident was caused by the negligence of a commercial driver, then the corporation should justly and properly compensate you for your injuries. At Law Offices of Ernesto Gonzalez, PA we represent pedestrians injured in motor vehicle accidents with experience, pugnacity and the most personalized client service.
KISSIMMEE PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Do you live in Kissimmee? Attorney Ernesto Gonzalez is a Kissimmee bicycle and pedestrian accident lawyer with the experience and passion to help you with your car accident case. We take car accident cases involving pedestrians and bicyclists in Kissimmee, Orlando and all of Central Florida. Contact us online at 407-479-7868! THE CONSULTATION IS ALWAYS FREE.