Jogger Injuries And Personal Injury Attorneys
As a highly populated state with a bustling vacation industry, Florida has many individuals who are going for runs, joggers who run to stay healthy and enjoy the beautiful beaches and charming neighborhoods of the Tampa area. And while there are many benefits to getting outside and staying active, there are also, unfortunately, accident risks for joggers and other outdoor exercise enthusiasts.
If you or a Florida jogger you know was injured by a vehicle while running in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa, it may be able to file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver. In Florida, the law requires all drivers to exercise reasonable care while operating their vehicles, and if a driver fails to do so and injures a jogger, they could be held responsible for the monetary damages of the accident injuries.
Low Visibility and Other Accident Risks
While there are a range of reasons why vehicles and joggers are involved in traffic accidents, a common factor is low visibility. Night running and going for jogs during bad weather can be particularly dangerous as vehicle operators may not be able to see individuals out for a run until it is too late. Wearing bright, reflective clothing can help, but risks are still higher when visibility is low.
Additionally, distracted driving leads to a lot of accidents, including those involving pedestrians and joggers. It is a vehicle operator’s responsibility to stay alert and aware. Similarly, runners can do what they can to avoid accidents, such as being sure any music they are listening to is at a level where they can still hear the environment around them, such as car horns or traffic alerts.
An Attorney Can Evaluate Your Case
When medical fees and lost wages are high, a personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and determine whether you have a viable claim against a driver. If so, the attorney can help the jogger pursue the claim and seek compensation for their injuries, including medical bills, income loss, and pain and suffering.
In addition to helping with the legal aspects of the case, a personal injury attorney can also provide valuable support and guidance throughout the recovery process. They can connect the injured jogger with medical professionals who can provide necessary treatment, and they can assist with insurance claims and other administrative tasks that can be overwhelming for someone who is dealing with an injury.
Having a conversation with a Florida personal injury lawyer can be an effective way to begin the process of ensuring your rights are protected. If you choose to hire legal representation, they will begin fighting for the compensation you deserve immediately.
What compensation options do you have after a running injury that is a direct result of a Florida driver’s behavior? To learn about your damage recovery choices, talk to the skilled lawyers at Roman & Roman. With over 100 years of combined experience, Roman & Roman lawyers have secured full and fair outcomes for pedestrian injuries, including joggers who were hurt while out for a run. Schedule your no-obligation, free consultation today.
Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.