Thousands of American pedestrians are killed or get severe injuries in traffic accidents every year.
We average 1.6 Americans killed in traffic accidents every single day. In addition, around 130,000 are treated in emergency departments every year around the country. Tampa Bay ranks second in the country in pedestrian fatalities.
Most traffic accidents are not accidents at all. They happen because a person driving a vehicle violated a safety rule. Tampa pedestrian accident claims happen when a driver violates a safety rule and hurts a pedestrian as a result. The driver has taken the pedestrian’s health, happiness, or sometimes even life.
A Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer’s job is to get money to try to account for what has been taken by another for violating safety rules. Pedestrian accidents are a type of claim that Tampa car accident lawyers handle.
The impact of a traffic accident on victims can result in catastrophic injuries. Tampa pedestrian accidents can also have a heavy impact on the victim’s loved ones.
Read on to learn what to do & how a Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer can help in road traffic accident cases.
The success of any legal matter depends on the unique circumstances of each case; therefore, our pedestrian accident attorneys cannot guarantee particular results for future clients.
Hit By A Vehicle? What To Do Before Calling A Tampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you are involved in a Tampa pedestrian accident, you will want a pedestrian accident lawyer. A qualified pedestrian accident lawyer will know what needs to be done for you to be compensated. They can also do much of the work involved for you.
Before contacting injury attorneys about your pedestrian accident claim, though, some other things take priority.
Seek Medical Attention:
In most pedestrian accident cases, your health & safety is the biggest priority of all. Make sure that you get medical treatment as soon as possible. Bear in mind that even apparently minor injuries could turn out to be something serious. This is especially the case with head injuries. Make no delay in getting to an emergency room.
When in Tampa, your medical bills for an accident should be covered by your Florida PIP insurance. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident should also have PIP insurance. This will also help to cover the medical bill for your treatment.
When your case goes to court, you will need to have as much information on the car accident as possible. This is necessary so the court can determine what went wrong and who is liable for what. This means that in the event of an accident, you should get any evidence you can.
- Take Pictures: Photographic evidence can go a very long way toward getting a suitable settlement in a personal injury lawsuit. Even if you only have a camera phone available, take whatever pictures you can. Make sure you get pictures of the vehicle involved and the surrounding area. What might even appear to be a useless image to you can be a treasure trove of information to a pedestrian accident lawyer. The right picture can make sure that you get the settlement you deserve.
- Driver’s Name: Get as much information on the driver as you can. The police and your pedestrian accident attorneys need to know who to speak with about the incident. Get as many details as you can, including contact details to help make things go smoothly. Uncooperative driver? No problem. The driver is required to give you insurance information. The police will help as you file your police report.
- Insurance Information: Our attorneys will need to communicate a great deal with the driver’s insurance company. Get what insurance information you can from the driver, as it will be very useful later on. Again, if the driver is not being cooperative, just get as much information from them as you can. Every little bit can make a huge difference.
In the case of a hit and run, take whatever information you possibly can. The exact location of the incident is very important. If you are in a built-up area, there is a reasonable chance that surveillance caught the incident. This and any other information can be instrumental in finding the culprit. With the culprit found, the process of settling a pedestrian accident case can then begin.
Factors That May Influence Your Case
Many different factors may influence your pedestrian accident case. Two of the largest factors, however, are negligent drivers and the injuries of accident victims.
To get you a fair settlement, our team will evaluate how much a negligent driver impacts your case. For example, if drunk driving caused an injured pedestrian, then the case also has a DUI involved. Alcohol can severely impact a driver’s reaction time. Distracted driving usually is a sign that negligent driving is involved, but it will also depend on if it was gross negligence or not. Furthermore, drivers who drive well above the speed limit are more at risk of hitting pedestrians.
The negligent driver’s insurance company may try to lowball you. An experienced attorney can help you receive the fair compensation you deserve when dealing with an unfair insurance claim.
What Injuries You May Have
You may have suffered injuries that will require long-term medical treatment. You may have also lost wages due to your injuries. Our team of personal injury attorneys will also factor in physical therapy, medical care, and loss of enjoyment.
Common injuries include broken bones, nerve damage, scarring, PTSD, anxiety, and loss of consortium. Your medical expenses for these injuries can have a big impact on your case.
Our Tampa pedestrian accident lawyers can also factor in the loss of life or funeral expenses if it was a fatal pedestrian accident.
How Legal Representation Helps After A Pedestrian Accident
Any accident is likely to be a very traumatic ordeal for the victim and their loved ones. Pedestrian accidents are no exception. An accident attorney will help you through the process of pursuing a settlement. A settlement is intended to reimburse you for what you have lost because of the accident financially.
Economic settlements are intended to reimburse you for what the accident has caused you to lose financially in both the short term & long term. This will include things like the income you will lose if you are unable to work after the accident (lost wages). Other bills you are faced with are also considered in an economic settlement. The aim is that you should not lose out financially because of somebody else’s actions. These settlements are generally intended to pay third parties, so the victim doesn’t have to.
Non-Economic settlements are intended to help compensate the victim for non-financial losses, like pain and suffering. Injuries caused in the accident could cause the victim to lose mobility, for example. They may not be able to enjoy sports as they used to, go shopping alone, or even play with their kids. This can have a serious negative impact on the victim’s quality of life and overall happiness. Pedestrian accidents can also result in considerable physical pain and discomfort for the victim. The pedestrian can experience this pain in the short term and the long term. Non-economic settlements will also consider the pain caused to the victim because of the accident. The emotional distress caused by the accident will also be considered.
Medical bills can be astronomically expensive. They can bankrupt you. A pedestrian accident attorney will help ensure that you are compensated financially for medical bills. This means that you won’t have to worry about paying them yourself. An attorney could quite literally ensure you and your loved ones are financially secure after an accident. Let the accident attorney, and they can do all the work for you and your personal injury claim.
Professional and Compassionate Guidance
Settlement cases can be quite complex. A strong understanding of Florida law is necessary to get the right result. A Tampa pedestrian traffic accident attorney will guide you through the process and make sure everything is followed correctly. Our attorneys will hold your hand through the process, doing as much of the work for you as possible. A good attorney will help to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.
Pursuing the Settlement
Our attorneys pursue a settlement from the beginning to get you justice. Our attorneys file lawsuits when the insurance company acts unfairly. From start to finish, they will cover all bases to make sure that everything is in place for a successful outcome. They will ensure that all available evidence is gathered. They will use the evidence to build a case that delivers the right result. Our attorneys will work hard from the offset and will continue to do so until the case is finalized, to get you the maximum compensation.
Get a Free Legal Consultation
Contact us, and we will charge you nothing for a consultation with a Tampa pedestrian accident attorney. Your legal team will explain the processes involved and let you know just how we can help you. If you have been involved in a pedestrian road traffic accident, then you deserve to be compensated for what you have lost. We have successfully represented pedestrian accident victims and have gotten them their rightful compensation. Call our pedestrian accident lawyers for a free case evaluation, and we will be happy to get the ball rolling for you.
Other Practice Areas our Law Firm Covers
Ready to seek compensation? If you’re looking for an attorney in Florida, practice areas include:
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Dog Bites Attorney
- Neck Injury
- Truck Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Workers Compensation
- Bicycle Accidents
- School Bus Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Product Liability
- Slip and Fall
- Pain and Suffering
- Spinal Cord Injury
Frequently Asked Questions
How much money can you get from getting hit by a car as a pedestrian in Florida?
If you’ve been hit by a motor vehicle while walking in Florida, you may be wondering how much money you can get in compensation. The answer depends on several factors, including the severity of your injuries, whether the driver in the car accident was at fault, and whether you have insurance. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in Florida can cover up to $10,000, but each personal injury case is unique.
What does negligent pedestrians mean?
A common misconception is that pedestrians always have the right of way. However, there are some cases where the fault party is the pedestrian! There are traffic laws in place for pedestrians, too, and failing to follow them could result in a negligent pedestrian if you do not maintain a duty of care.
For example, pedestrians in crosswalks that a drunk driver hits are following duty of care, so the drunk driver would be at fault. However, if you walk outside of a marked crosswalk and are jaywalking, then you could be marked as a negligent pedestrian
We have your back. Whatever you might be suffering from, accidents, injuries or medical malpractice, we have you covered throughout Florida