Exercise and outdoor sports are important components of life in Florida. Bicyclists, walkers, joggers, skate boarders and others teem on the streets and sidewalks of nearly every city. Unfortunately, motor vehicle operators often fail to look for pedestrians and bicyclists, resulting in serious — or even deadly — collisions.
At Ward & Barnes, P.A., we are vigorous and dedicated advocates on behalf of those injured by the negligence of others. Our personal injury lawyers, Austin R. Ward and Scott C. Barnes, are both Pensacola natives who have a detailed understanding of the road systems and the laws throughout the area.
Our law firm works with local accident investigators whom we can call at a moment's notice to take photos, interview witnesses, and gather other vital evidence to help strengthen your case.
You Deserve To Have Your Rights Respected
A bicyclist has the same basic rights on the road as any other vehicle. Pedestrians also have legal rights. In fact, at a red light or stop sign, a pedestrian almost always has the right-of-way.
Our law firm has handled quite a few cases where drivers failed to come to a full stop and look both ways at intersections. Often, a driver who is making a right-hand turn at a red light will look left, but he or she forgets to look right. He or she simply doesn't notice the pedestrian who is legally crossing the road from the right.
Florida law puts a duty on drivers to look both ways and respect the rights of pedestrians and bicyclists. Ward & Barnes, P.A., is here to help you take full advantage of your rights and pursue the compensation you need for your injuries.
Even If You Were Partly At Fault, You Can Seek Compensation
Florida is a "comparative negligence" state, which means that you can be partly at fault in an accident and still make a financial recovery. Essentially, the court will determine what the total damages are and how much each party contributed to the accident. If you are found to be 50 percent liable, for instance, you will receive 50 percent of the damages. This means that you should never hesitate to pursue a personal injury claim.
Learn more by requesting an absolutely free consultation with one of our pedestrian accident attorneys. Call our Pensacola office at 850-912-9967 or send us an email today.