Lack Of Appropriate Footwear Can Lead To Accidents
With warm temperatures and sunny days, many in Florida enjoy sandals or choose to walk about barefoot. And while there is no set law in the state of Florida about what footwear you should be wearing while driving, the reality is sandals with a lot of straps and other forms of inappropriate footwear can be dangerous while driving. Or, when a driver is not wearing shoes, their foot may slip from a brake or gas pedal, leading to an accident.
If you were involved in an accident where a driver lost control of their car or truck due to inappropriate footwear, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Whether your car collision occurred in Clearwater, Hudson, Tampa, a Florida personal injury lawyer can guide you through the compensation process.
Different Types of Shoes Carry Different Risks
Of course, there are different risks to different types of footwear. For instance, when a person is wearing high heels and they are not accustomed to them, it is possible the angle of their foot will impact how they apply pressure to their car pedals. Additionally, untied laces can pull on car pedals and flip flop sandals can easily fall off and then wedge themselves in controls.
Whenever you get into your automobile, be sure you are doing all you can to stay as safe as possible. This includes always being sure your mirrors are appropriately positioned and that you are able to control the vehicle with ease. To comfortably drive, you may need to wear different shoes than those you plan to wear at the event or occasion you are driving to. So, you may have a pair of shoes you wear to drive to a dinner party and before you go into the event, you change from your comfortable driving shoes into your stylish strappy heels.
Police Reports Could Note Footwear
While it is not illegal to be barefoot or wearing inappropriate footwear, these footwear choices could be noted in a police report should an accident occur. Complicated insurance claims can follow as it may be determined that there is shared fault for the accident.
To fully understand your rights following a Florida traffic accident injury, whether you were at fault or another driver is to blame, connect with a Florida personal injury lawyer. If you did not adhere to traffic rules or your footwear choice led to the collision, an insurance adjuster could try to reduce or deny your request for financial recovery. Then, an attorney can push back and gather proof of your need for compensation.
Were you barefoot at the time of a vehicular collision? Or was the other driver wearing inappropriate footwear? Legal professionals are available to talk to you about possible paths to financial compensation. Whether your case is complicated or straightforward, talk to the skilled attorneys at Roman & Roman. Our team of personal injury lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience and can share with you ways to strengthen your claim and access maximum settlement amounts. 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.