Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
A pedestrian accident can drastically change your life in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, both Florida is a hotbed for pedestrian accidents. Busy cities like Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando feature nice weather and plenty of attractions that draw crowds of tourists – and lots of vehicle traffic. Our Florida pedestrian accident lawyers help accident victims like you every day.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident through no fault of your own, you shouldn’t have to deal with the resulting economic stress and physical suffering alone. Whether it was due to distracted driving, poor road engineering, design or conditions, or some other form of negligence, what matters is that you got hurt. That can lead to huge medical bills, long-term disabilities, missed wages, and other losses. At Farah & Farah, our team of qualified and compassionate Florida personal injury lawyers can help you seek justice and fight for any legal compensation you may be entitled to. Call us 24/7 at (833) 259-1740 or contact us online for your free case review.
What to Expect When You Hire the Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Farah & Farah
At Farah & Farah, our injury attorneys are dedicated to providing victims of pedestrian accidents the legal and emotional support necessary to make a full recovery. This includes:
Why Should I Hire a Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
The legal proceedings for pedestrian accidents may seem fairly straightforward, but if you are seriously injured or otherwise incapacitated, even routine tasks can be difficult to accomplish by yourself. An attorney can assist you in these moments, representing you in court, speaking with insurance companies on your behalf, and ensuring you fight for the maximum recovery possible. If you or a relative suffered injuries, you need to focus on your recovery instead of worrying about complex legal issues; we can handle those on your behalf.
How Much Does a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Charge?
The attorneys at Farah & Farah provide comprehensive, compassionate legal counsel to those who need it regardless of their personal financial situations. We guarantee you will never see any up-front fees for any legal services from our firm, and we accept all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we only collect legal fees if we win your case and those fees will come as a portion of your jury award or settlement, never a direct bill to you.
Pedestrian Accident Liability in Florida
In most pedestrian accidents, either the driver or the walker is responsible, or both parties share fault. A common misconception is that drivers must always yield to pedestrians, and therefore drivers are always responsible for accidents. However, people who are walking are also required to adhere to traffic signals and walking signs. Our Florida car accident attorneys are skilled at recreating the scene of an accident to determine fault and liability. Depending on the circumstances, other outside parties may also liable, including:
- The government entity (or contracted vendor) responsible for maintaining roadways, if the accident was caused by poor road conditions
- A property owner with a poorly maintained sidewalk or parking lot that leads to an accident
- Other pedestrians who inflict physical harm on the injured party, such as pushing them into traffic
- The employees or managers of a restaurant, bar, or store that knowingly servers alcohol to an underaged or overserved person, who then causes a pedestrian accident
- Public transportation employees, such as bus drivers, who fail to secure a safe area for passenger drop-offs.
What To Do if You’ve Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident in Florida
The immediate aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be a disorienting, painful experience. With nothing to protect them from impact, pedestrians almost always incur serious injuries when struck by cars and trucks, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Severe spinal injuries
- Severe lacerations
It’s important to protect yourself by knowing what steps to take if you’re ever injured in a pedestrian accident. Those steps include:
- Seek medical attention: If possible, stay calm and try to assess if you’re injured. Then seek medical care ASAP. Even if you don’t immediately feel the effects of your accident, there’s a good chance that adrenaline is masking or delaying some painful symptoms. Seeing a doctor is also important for establishing a paper trail for any potential legal claims.
- Call the police: A police report is also a critical element for potential legal claims.
- Collect info from the driver and/or witnesses: Hopefully, the driver will stop in the event of a pedestrian accident. In either case, it’s important to collect as much information and evidence as possible from those who were involved in or witnessed the accident.
- Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney: Before you deal with the other parties involved in the accident – and their insurance companies – it’s best to contact a qualified pedestrian lawyer. Their experience can help you avoid any early missteps as you navigate a potentially complex legal scenario.
- Document everything: From time missed at work to medical diagnoses and any conversations with insurance companies, it’s best to preserve all of this data with thorough, written documentation. You don’t know what information may be essential to any potential legal claims.
The Benefits of Hiring a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Even if you’re not sure about proceeding with legal action, it’s a good idea to consult with a pedestrian lawyer. Time is of the essence in most legal claims, and there may be information and angles that you haven’t fully considered. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, a pedestrian lawyer can help you:
- Find a doctor to treat and document your injuries
- Recover lost wages resulting from your injury
- Take home more money by negotiating your medical bills
- Determine all sources of liability while gathering evidence to support your case
- Address dangerous conditions that led to your injury, when they exist
- Force the motorist’s insurance company to pay a claim when they’re responsible, either through a settlement or by representing you at trial, and assist you in the collection of any compensation
- Complete all necessary paperwork with insurance companies or the court in a timely manner
Pedestrian Laws in Florida
Pedestrian laws in Florida are quite in-depth. A few highlights worth noting include:
Crossing the Roadway
Standing in the Roadway
Start Your Recovery Today
Florida has a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. Instead of risking unnecessary delays or allowing your injuries to worsen as you continue to lose income from inability to work, have Farah & Farah start building your case today so you can focus on your recovery. If you or a loved one suffered injuries while walking as a pedestrian in Florida, contact Farah & Farah as soon as possible to schedule a free case review. Our attorneys can help you better understand your options for legal recourse.