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 your lawyer will want to do is determine who caused the accident – in other words, he needs 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 still allows you to recover damages.
Your damages will 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 28 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. We would be more than happy to assist you.