Fort Myers Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

If you or your loved one has been hit by a car in Fort Myers, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The insurance company may blame you for the accident, but it probably wasn’t your fault. Florida drivers are legally obligated to watch for pedestrians and move over or yield as needed. We’ve been protecting you and your family since 1979. Learn how our Fort Myers pedestrian accident lawyers can help you and your family.

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If you have suffered severe injuries from being hit by a car in Lee County, the driver may be liable for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. We’re dedicated to holding negligent drivers accountable and pride ourselves on helping those who need it most.

Whether you were a car hit you while you were walking down the street, using a crosswalk, or walking across a parking lot, we’re ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Experience makes all the difference. If you or your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Fort Myers, call our pedestrian lawyers today at (239) 558-0750 and put our experience to work for you.

You Can Trust Our Experienced Attorneys with Your Fort Myers Pedestrian Accident Claim

We have won over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts, and our results are no accident. We are a client-centric law firm with the mission to always put clients first. It’s not about us–it’s about you. Our attorneys work as a team to maximize your results. Our 45 years of experience have shown us that our clients get the best results when our award-winning attorneys combine resources, strengths, and experience rather than competing.

Our team approach means you will have a legal team that will always be there for you when you need us. We understand that your needs aren’t limited to nine to five. When you hire our law firm, you can count on our pedestrian accident lawyers in Fort Myers to answer your calls at any hour of the day, seven days a week.

We’ll Fight for You

We win cases through caring, understanding, and hard work. When we take on your pedestrian accident claim, we will go to whatever lengths are necessary to secure the highest compensation available for your claim. You can count on us to do all the following and more:

  • Deal with the insurance company.
  • Advise you of your rights.
  • Reconstruct the accident.
  • Gather evidence, such as surveillance camera footage.
  • Interview eyewitnesses.
  • Identify the responsible parties.
  • Negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement.
  • Refuse to accept less than you deserve.
  • Present a persuasive case to a jury, if necessary.
Our Clients Are Delighted with Their Results

Our Fort Myers personal injury lawyers feel honored to have received hundreds of unsolicited client testimonials from our satisfied clients, such as the one below:

Anyone looking for the best legal services in the Fort Myers area, Farah & Farah has got your back. I am absolutely delighted with the exceptional service provided by this law firm…Brian Morrison and his paralegal Mary Warren were so well-versed. Their thoroughness, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to excellence truly set them apart. From the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter, every step was handled with the utmost care and attention to detail. I felt completely at ease knowing that I was in the hands of such trustworthy professionals. The team's dedication and expertise surpassed my expectations, leaving me truly amazed. I wholeheartedly recommend this law firm for anyone seeking top-notch legal services.

We treat every client with the same level of dedication. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation, and let us go to work for you.

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Florida Drivers Owe Pedestrians a Legal Duty of Care

Florida Statute 316.130 requires drivers to exercise reasonable care to avoid hitting pedestrians, whether or not they are in crosswalks or crossing at intersections. Every driver has the following responsibilities concerning pedestrians:

  • Stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk on the same side of the road where pedestrian signs are present and at traffic lights.
  • Stop for a pedestrian who is near enough to the lane of travel to be in danger.
  • Yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk without traffic signals and pedestrian signs.
  • Avoid passing any car that has stopped at a crosswalk to wait for a pedestrian.
  • Exercise appropriate caution when a child or incapacitated person is in or near a roadway.
  • Take whatever measures are necessary to avoid hitting any pedestrian, including giving a warning, such as honking the horn.
We Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable for Hitting Pedestrians in Fort Myers

Lee County drivers don’t always watch for pedestrians as they should. Even if you were crossing in the wrong place, you may be eligible for compensation. Florida’s modified comparative negligence law allows you to recover compensation if you’re less than 51 percent at fault for the accident.

We will work to refute allegations of blame against you for the accident, regardless of where the car hit you. We will thoroughly investigate to hold the driver accountable. If the driver was speeding, texting, or drinking, our investigation will expose it, and we’ll shift the blame to the driver, where it belongs.

A motor vehicle can be a deadly weapon against pedestrians, and drivers have a legal duty to use special care around them. Even if you received a ticket for jaywalking, it doesn’t prove you were at fault. We can fight back. We recently recovered $250,000 for the family of an elderly adult with dementia who wandered into the road and was fatally struck by an uninsured driver.

We’ll Handle Every Aspect of Your Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in Fort Myers, FL

Filing a pedestrian accident claim in Florida can be overwhelming when you’re hurt. You shouldn’t have to fight for your rightful compensation when you’re trying to heal from your injuries. That’s where our Fort Myers pedestrian accident attorneys come in.

If you or someone in your household is a vehicle owner with a no-fault insurance policy, that policy may cover your injuries. No-fault insurance, also known as personal injury protection or PIP coverage, covers some of your lost wages and medical expenses. When you hire our skilled lawyers at Farah & Farah, we’ll determine what insurance covers you and file a claim.

If your injuries are severe, we’ll identify all the liable parties and file claims against them, starting with the driver. Other potentially liable parties include the following:

  • A trucking company
  • An employer
  • A vehicle owner
  • A bar owner
  • The City of Fort Myers or a government agency
  • A negligent mechanic
  • A vehicle part manufacturer

If the insurance companies refuse to pay fair compensation, we’ll file a pedestrian accident lawsuit.

In most cases, we can reach a settlement. If the liable parties refuse to offer the compensation you deserve, we won’t hesitate to take your claim to court.

Is There a Time Limit to File a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in Florida?

Under Florida’s personal injury statute of limitations, you must file your lawsuit within two years of the accident. If you file your claim after the deadline, the court will dismiss your case, and you won’t be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries.

Although two years may seem like plenty of time, you shouldn’t wait to contact an experienced pedestrian injury lawyer in Fort Myers. Your attorney will need time to prepare your case before filing it. Once your case is filed, the other side can review your evidence. When our attorneys take on a pedestrian accident case, we take the time necessary to prepare a strong case so the insurance companies can’t poke holes in our evidence.

Involving us in your case early allows us to access the strongest evidence available and gives us enough time to prepare an airtight case. Don’t wait for the statute of limitations to sneak up on you. Call us today at (239) 558-0750 to protect your claim.

Financial Damages for Pedestrian Accident Victims and Surviving Family Members

Our Fort Myers pedestrian accident lawyers can help you recover damages for your financial and emotional losses. These damages are known as economic and non-economic damages.

If your injuries are severe or a PIP policy doesn’t cover you, we can pursue the following economic damages:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Childcare costs
  • Housekeeping costs
  • Personal care services
  • Vocational rehabilitation and training

The court can require you to reveal how much your health insurance paid for medical expenses after contractual adjustments. This can affect the amount you recover. However, we’ll also estimate your future lost earnings and medical costs. These projections can significantly increase your compensation.

Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of society, scarring, disfigurement, and other emotional losses. 

If a drunk or reckless driver has hit you, you may also be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages are only available in limited cases when you present clear and convincing evidence of deliberate misconduct or gross negligence. Florida law caps such damages at three times the total of your economic and non-economic damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. Compensation for Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

If your loved one has died from a pedestrian accident, our caring and supportive pedestrian accident attorneys in Fort Myers can file a wrongful death claim against the responsible driver and other parties. As a family-centered law firm, we understand how important family is. We’ll treat your family like part of our own. 

We are ready to fight to help you recover compensation for your family’s financial and emotional losses related to the death, including the following:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Loss of love and affection
  • Loss of comfort
  • Loss of your loved one’s lifetime earnings
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Funeral expenses
  • Your loved one’s medical expenses

We treat every client with honesty, dignity, and respect. You’ll get through this, and our attorneys can help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Pedestrian Accidents Are a Growing Problem in Fort Myers

Pedestrian accidents are rising locally and nationally. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association has reported that pedestrian deaths in Florida have increased by 77 percent since 2010. According to the report, Florida has the third-highest rate of pedestrian accidents in the United States. In 2022, 824 Florida pedestrians lost their lives.

The number of pedestrian deaths in Lee County has increased slightly since 2018, but pedestrian accidents have increased by 56 percent during that time, as shown below.

Approximately 60 percent of pedestrian accidents happen outside the city limits.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents often occur because drivers fail to yield or move over for pedestrians. Accidents often result from the following:

  • Speeding – Speeding increases the risk of accidents and the severity of the injuries. Speeding drivers may not have enough time to stop and are more likely to lose control of the vehicle.
  • Drunk driving – Drunk drivers are less alert and have slower reaction times. They also have impaired judgment. All of these factors increase the risk and severity of a pedestrian collision.
  • Poor visibility – Lack of street lights at night, construction barriers, and untrimmed foliage can make it harder for drivers to see pedestrians.
  • Distracted driving – Distracted drivers may not see the pedestrian until it is too late or hit the pedestrian without seeing them at all.
  • Lack of sidewalks and crosswalks – Pedestrians have a higher risk of accidents when the city or county fails to provide infrastructure for pedestrians. Without sidewalks and crosswalks, pedestrians must walk on the road without any barrier protecting them from traffic.

Most pedestrian deaths occur in accidents involving passenger cars. The number of pedestrian deaths from SUVs has grown by 120 percent over the past decade, compared to a 26 percent increase in the number of pedestrians killed by smaller cars.

Call Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Fort Myers, FL Today

If a negligent driver has hit you or your loved one, you deserve compensation. Our compassionate Fort Myers pedestrian accident lawyers are ready to go to bat for you.
Let Team Farah go to work for you. Call us today at (239) 558-0750 to schedule a free case review.

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