Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Tampa, FL
Does a pedestrian have a claim when involved in an accident?
If you’ve been struck by a motor vehicle, please connect with our firm’s experienced Tampa, FL pedestrian accident lawyer today. In all but the rarest of cases, pedestrians are entitled to compensation for their injuries after they’ve been struck by a motor vehicle. You may be facing a long recovery and may be stressed out by the thought of adding any legal action “to the mix.” Please understand that it is our job to advocate for the rights of accident victims so that they can focus on their recovery.
I’ve Been Hit by a Car – What Do I Do Now?
If you haven’t been checked out by a professional, drop everything and go to the doctor. You could have internal injuries you can’t yet perceive. Legal action can wait until after you’ve ensured your physical wellbeing. Once you’ve received care, please go ahead and call our Tampa, FL pedestrian accident lawyer so that our legal team can begin protecting your rights and advising you of your legal options. If you have pictures of the scene and/or the contact information for any witnesses, please bring them along to your consultation.
Can Pedestrians Be Held Liable if They’re Struck by a Motorist?
There are times that pedestrians make mistakes in such a way that they contribute to accidents. However, it is very, very rare for a pedestrian to be held more than 50 percent liable for their contribution to a collision that caused them to be struck. This is an important figure because it is generally the threshold under which accident victims can recover compensation for their injuries.
Say that a pedestrian is struck by a car while jaywalking. Because the pedestrian didn’t follow certain safety standards, they will be considered partially at-fault for the accident. However, the degree to which they will be held at fault will be influenced heavily by circumstance. If the pedestrian darts out immediately in front of a car, without warning, on a busy road wherein the motorist has no hope of stopping, the pedestrian might not be able to recover much for their injuries. However, if the pedestrian was jaywalking in such a way that the motorist had more than enough time to stop but didn’t because they were distracted, the motorist will be found to be at-fault far more than the pedestrian will be for causing the accident. As a result, the pedestrian will be able to recover damages for the harm they have suffered.
No two pedestrian accidents are exactly alike. When you speak with our firm’s experienced Tampa, FL pedestrian accident lawyer about the specifics of your situation, we’ll be able to give you our thoughts on the potential strengths and weaknesses of your case. Even if you were partially at-fault for your collision, chances are that you’ll be able to recover compensation regardless. You can call the experienced Florida legal team at Jeff Murphy law at any time for a free case evaluation.
Does a pedestrian have a claim when involved in an accident?
When a pedestrian is hit by a bike, car, or truck, he or she may be injured. The injuries can be serious or even fatal. If you have been hit by a vehicle while on foot, you may have minor injuries like scrapes and cuts, but it is far more likely to result in more serious injuries, such as fractures, dislocations, neck and back injuries, and head injuries (which often result in traumatic brain injuries). As a pedestrian, just like anyone else, if you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the legal right to be compensated for the injuries you have suffered.
The first thing our firm’s Tampa, FL pedestrian accident lawyer will want to do is determine who caused the accident – in other words, we need to find out who was at fault. It may surprise you to know that there are numerous Florida statutes that apply to motor vehicles and pedestrians. It is critical for your attorney to know exactly where and how the accident happened. Your attorney may need to obtain photos of the scene and will certainly want to take statements from all witnesses who saw what happened. At that point, your attorney should be able to determine who had the right of way and who was at fault. Keep in mind that an accident is not always 100% one person’s fault.
People who are involved in an accident will sometimes share responsibility for the resulting injuries. It is extremely important for your attorney to gather all the facts so he or she can properly advise you on the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Remember, even if you are partly at fault for an accident, Florida law may still allow you to recover damages.
Your damages may include the pain and suffering you sustained due to your injuries. This includes those damages suffered in the past as well as those you will suffer in the future. These damages can sometimes be difficult to evaluate, and it will take an experienced personal injury attorney to accurately advise you on the value of your case.
You are also entitled to damages for your lost wages and your medical bills, both in the past and the future. While these damages are typically easier to calculate, it can be difficult to project your losses out into the future.
Jeff Murphy Law has over 33 years of experience in representing accident victims and evaluating their damages. Jeff understands the stressful and emotional time that you and your family will go through if you are involved in a pedestrian accident. He will gather all the information necessary to properly evaluate your case and make sure you are compensated for your injuries and all financial losses caused by the accident.
Contact us for a free initial consultation today. Our firm’s experienced Tampa, FL pedestrian accident lawyer would be more than happy to assist you.
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