Woman calling insurance after car accident crashClearwater, FL- With all of its beaches, Florida sees a great deal of foot traffic especially in the summer when vacation season is at its peak and that increase of foot traffic means someone is bound to be hit by a car. Even when a motorist strikes a pedestrian, they are not automatically considered at fault nor are they charges as a recent Clearwater accident shows.
That accident took place on July 9th on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard when a 40-year-old women from Washington D.C. was struck by a vehicle as she crossed the street. A man who was trying to pull her out of the path of the oncoming vehicle.
Police later said the 67-year-old driver wouldn’t face charges because the two pedestrians were not in a designated crosswalk and neither had the right of way, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
All of the parties involved in this collision are fortunate that it didn’t involve any fatalities or major injuries. For obvious reasons, pedestrians can suffer life-changing and costly injuries when they are struck by a vehicle and this accident brings up the issue of liability in Florida pedestrian accidents.
While there is a natural inclination to assume that motorist is the responsible when a pedestrian is struck, there are many occasions when the pedestrian is the negligent party. A pedestrian can considered at fault for an accident if they cross a street outside of a designated crosswalk, dart in front of a car or ignore traffic signals. But being partially at fault for an auto collision doesn’t preclude a person from seeking compensation if they were seriously injured or lost a loved one.
Florida personal injury statutes allows traffic accident victims seek compensation for their injuries even if they are partially to blame under the state’s comparative negligence laws. If two parties are liable for an accident, comparative negligence allows one party to reduce the amount and type of compensation they pay accident victims. It is not at all unusual for two parties to be careless at once and cause an accident which is what comparative negligence laws take into consideration. Say for instance a motorists is driving when they look down to read a text. At the same time a pedestrian is attempting to cross the street out of a crosswalk and is stuck. The pedestrian is injured—the motorist is not—and would like to seek compensation for their injuries so the victim.
In order to do so the victim would need an accident attorney in Florida working on their claim and trying to determine who is responsible for a collision and to what degree. For example, the driver who is texting may be considered 90 percent liable for an accident, while the pedestrian is only 10 percent liable. This is a very important aspect of most injury claims and victims should turn to an accident lawyer in Florida to work on their injury claim.
If you want expert legal advice, USAttorneys can help you get in touch with a dedicated and compassionate attorney near you Clearwater location to work on your accident claim and obtain a generous settlement on your behalf.

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