Walking is very good for your health and for the environment, but not every stroll turns out to be relaxing. If you have made your way to this page, you may have been severely injured in a pedestrian accident. Our team of Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyers understand how horrible it is to be hurt due to someone else’s negligence. You are probably swamped with medical bills, missing time at work, and maybe you’re unable to pay for these medical bills because of that.
Most Common Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents can cause very serious injuries and even worse compared to accidents that happen in vehicles with protective metal frames, airbags, and seatbelts. When a pedestrian is hit, they have no protection from the impact of the vehicle. Your body takes the full hit from not only the vehicle, but the ground as a secondary impact. The most common types of pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Concussion or contusion
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Back injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Cuts and lacerations
- Road burn
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Nerve, tendon, or muscle damage
The most important thing you can do for yourself or for your case is to seek immediate medical attention. You don’t want to risk worsening your condition by waiting to talk to a doctor. It is not uncommon for these accidents to put someone on the back of an ambulance and whisked off the emergency room. If you do wait to seek medical attention, you run the risk of not only making your injuries worse, but also having the insurance company claim you were not injured badly enough to deserve compensation.
Florida Statute of Limitations
From the date of your accident, Florida statute of limitations allow four years for you to bring your case in civil court. You should seek out an attorney right away to help you stay on track to complete everything that needs to be done in the time that is allotted. Four years may seem like a long time, but you should not wait to get the ball rolling on your case. There is evidence at the scene that needs to be collected right away and there are witnesses that need to be talked to before they forget the minute details that may help your case. If you wait until there are mere days left to call an attorney, that evidence will be gone and your witnesses may be impossible to track down. It is always encouraged to act quickly.
How Pedestrian Accident Compensation Works
There are several things you will be compensated for. You will be compensated for your injuries, medical bills both past and future, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damages to any personal property. That may be your phone if it was smashed in the accident. The way you get compensation is through the insurance company of the liable party. Florida pure comparative negligence law has to do with shared fault and how much you can recover if you have any. For example, if you are deemed to be 10% at fault for your accident because you were on the phone when someone blew a red light and hit you, then your award would be reduced by 10%. You will only be able to receive compensation if you are 99% or less at fault. If you are the sole cause of your accident, you will be barred.
Do Not Talk to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
The very worst thing you can do for your case is talk to the insurance company. An adjuster or representative will be contacting you shortly after your accident. They may even contact you while you are still possibly recovering in the hospital. Their goal is to get you to say something that will damage your case. They are trained to asked you questions that will guide you to answer in a way that will reduce their responsibility to your claim or be able to throw it out entirely. When they call you, what we suggest that you do is allow your pedestrian accident attorney to take over the communication with the insurance company. They will be able to navigate the questions without impairing your case’s ability to be successful.
Contact Our Jacksonville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be looking to find strong, confident, and experienced representation. Our Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyers are here to guide you through every step of your case. We will protect your evidence, talk to your witnesses, and deal with the insurance company on your behalf. You deserve to have your case treated like a priority and we will do just that. Call Edwards & Ragatz today to set up your free consultation where we will go over the details of your case and talk you through your legal options.