Unfortunately, there are many different causes of pedestrian accidents. In Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties, residents too often hear news reports of pedestrians being struck and seriously injured or killed by motorists, often during a hit-and-run. These accidents are frequently caused by the careless or reckless conduct of the driver. Additionally, many pedestrian accidents occur at night in areas where there is insufficient lighting and no sidewalk. If you are seeking compensation after a serious injury, our Tampa injury lawyers can help.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents | Recovering Compensation
In Florida, you will be compensated for your injuries through the insurance company of the negligent party. The way things work in this state is through the rules of pure comparative negligence. The only way you can completely be barred from getting compensation is if you are found to be 100% at fault for your accident. The rule also states that if you are found to be at fault under 100%, you can be compensated for your injuries, but the award will be reduced to account for how much the accident was your fault.
For example, if you crossed at an unmarked crosswalk, and someone hit you because they were texting, the driver would mostly be at fault. Let’s say for that instance, you were deemed to be 10% at fault for the accident. Let’s also say that you were awarded $100,000 for your injuries. Because you were 10% at fault, you could collect 90% of the award, which would be $90,000. Our goal would be to prevent the insurance company from pinning any of the fault on you so that you can be compensated in full.
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If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you don’t have to succumb to the pressure from the insurance company. The attorneys at PERENICH The Law Firm have more than 60 years of combined experience in helping pedestrians in the Tampa Bay area who were injured recover for damages sustained in an accident with a motor vehicle. You can fight back with the help of our Tampa Bay pedestrian accident lawyer. We will push this case to move quickly and to end in your favor. We want to protect your rights and ensure that you are going to get the compensation you deserve. If you want a lawyer to protect you and defend you to the bitter end, please call our office today for a free consultation.