Florida’s roads and highways are becoming ever more congested with traffic from people from different states, countries and backgrounds – each of which have different motor vehicle laws and customs. This is made more complicated by the fact that cyclists also have laws and rights that protect them that motor vehicles do not have. Pedestrians, too, have rights that neither cyclists nor motor vehicle operators share. This is frequently a recipe for serious personal injuries by cyclists and pedestrians. Attorneys at A. Chiarello Legal, PA, are keenly aware of the rights that pedestrians and cyclist frequently have over motor vehicle operators. If you or someone you care about has been in pedestrian or cycling accident, you should contact A. Chiarello, Legal, PA, right away.
Attorneys at A. Chiarello Legal, PA, are also aware that along with a few other areas of law, injuries from these types of accidents lend themselves to “punitive damages” claims for the behavior of the party who caused the injury. A “punitive damages” claim is a type of claim added onto your personal injury claim to deter similar future behavior. This type of claim can increase your overall recovery, but is only allowed under specific circumstances. Accidents where alcohol was a contributing factor, or accidents where a pedestrian or cyclist are injured should always be carefully considered for these types of claims.