TAMPA PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER | HIT AND RUN ATTORNEY
Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable victims of automobile accidents on or near the road. This is because there is little to no protection for pedestrians from vehicles, motorcycles, or bicyclists that may run into them. This is also why injuries from pedestrians getting hit by a car or truck are so severe. Even more disturbing is the number of pedestrian accidents escalated into hit and runs by criminally negligent drivers. Hitting someone with your car is a terrible accident; fleeing the scene and leaving someone to die is an even more inconceivable crime. People injured by a moving vehicle while walking who were left to suffer should contact a hit and run accident lawyer as soon as possible after the incident. An experienced attorney will begin gathering evidence and building a claim for financial compensation against the parties that are responsible for causing the injuries.
Pedestrian accident cases can be complicated because injured pedestrians can seek recovery from a number of sources. They can seek payments from their personal injury protection benefits under their own insurance; claim uninsured or under insured motorist benefits under their own insurance; or they can file a lawsuit against the driving party or parties responsible for their injuries.
Insurance companies can be a hassle because they do not want to pay out any more in benefits than they have to. The charades and runaround given by insurance companies can be a burden for the injured pedestrian victim who is trying to make a recovery. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help.
Also, when injured pedestrians choose to file a lawsuit, they are entitled to damages for their past and future medical expenses; rehabilitation costs; lost wages; pain and suffering; emotional harm; disfigurement; and surviving family members can even sue for wrongful death if the accident is fatal. A skilled pedestrian accident attorney can build the strongest possible case so that you can obtain the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries.
Types of Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Pedestrians can find themselves the victim in any number of accidents involving the reckless conduct or negligence of others. Some of the most common accidents pedestrians suffer include, but are not limited to:
- Hit and run accidents.
- Motor vehicle accidents.
- Hit by speeding car or truck.
- Hit by vehicle near a blind driveway.
- Vehicle failing to obey yield or other traffic signs and lights, etc.
- Collision with motorcycle.
- Hit by bus.
- Run over by drunk driver.
- Hit by bicyclist.
Florida’s Comparative Fault Law
Even when a pedestrian may be partially at fault for causing their accident, this does not mean that the pedestrian victim is barred from recovery. Florida applies a comparative fault model, which means that an injured victim can seek compensation for their injuries, minus their share of the liability for the accident.
Let’s say, for example, that a judge determines the injured party to be at 30% fault for not using a turn signal. In this case the injured pedestrian is still eligible to receive 70% of the financial damages. Even if the accident was partially the pedestrian’s fault they are still entitled to a weighted percentage of the settlement under Florida law.
Typical Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The injuries suffered by pedestrians can be terribly devastating because in many cases the victim is struck by a motorized vehicle moving at a high rate of speed. Some of the injuries sustained frequently in pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Impact injuries, such as broken bones, fractures, bruising and contusions.
- Head injuries, including open head wounds, traumatic brain injuries, and concussions.
- Skin injuries and lacerations, such as road rash, scratches, scrapes and cuts.
- Soft tissue injuries, such as tears, sprains and strains.
- Internal organ damage, such as hemorrhaging or rupturing.
- Spinal cord injuries that could cause paralysis, loss of perception, or loss of mobility in the extremities.
- Neck injuries.
- Limb loss.
- Temporary or permanent disability.
Contact A Dedicated Pedestrian Accident Lawyer In Tampa, FL
Pedestrians should never have to face injuries from their accident alone. The experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Armando Personal Injury Law Firm can help you deal with insurance companies, insurance claims and liable parties. Call (813) 906-1151 now to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys, or request an appointment online.