If you are seeking compensation for a pedestrian accident, you will have to deal with the aggressive and misleading tactics of insurance companies. You do not want to go through this alone. Perenich The Law Firm has years of experience recovering full compensation for our clients. If you are looking for an experienced, trial-ready Tampa Bay pedestrian accident attorney, contact our office today. Let our dedication work for you.
Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident | Comparative Negligence
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.
Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident | Talking to the Insurance Company
To avoid ruining your case, there is one thing you should never do. You do not want to talk to the insurance company about the specific details revolving around your case. They will call you after the accident and they will ask you to give them a recorded statement. While they may come off as pleasant and helpful, you should not be fooled. The questions they ask you will make it seem like you caused the accident. They are not interested in getting you full and fair compensation. They want to reduce their costs by throwing out your case.
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. Contact us today.