Tampa Bay Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
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.
Pedestrian accidents can cause an unthinkable amount of damage to the victims and if you have been involved in one of these horrible incidents, we want to say how sorry we are. You are probably in a world of pain and might be struggling with medical bills. This becomes even worse if you are laid up and can’t return to work because of your injuries, making it even more difficult to pay your bills and provide for yourself or your family. Because of this, we want to extend our services to you to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our Tampa Bay pedestrian accident lawyers will fight to get you the best result possible for your case.
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.
Pedestrian Accident Statute of Limitations in Florida
It’s hard to think about a legal battle when you’re in a lot of pain, but we know that you don’t deserve to have to pay medical bills for an accident that was not your fault. We don’t want you to be suffering financial burden because someone else was careless, so we urge you to pursue a pedestrian accident claim. Do not delay once you’ve decided to file your claim as there is a statute of limitations that you need to be aware of. You don’t want to hang around and wait to talk to an attorney. You should call our Tampa Bay pedestrian accident lawyers right away so that we can get to work on your case and make sure everything stays on track to be successful. In Florida, you have a four year deadline to get your claim filed or to have settled it. That might seem like a long time, but it’s not wise to wait.
At the scene of the accident, you should collect as much evidence as you possibly can. If you’re unable to stay on the scene because you’re too injured, it’s best to have someone come on the scene as soon as possible and take photos and videos for you, as well as ask witnesses what they saw. The role of a witness is very important as they can account for a lot that happened and help you put the fault on the negligent driver. The witnesses won’t be so helpful if you waited years to call upon their testimony. People naturally forget the fine details after time has passed. Because of this, you want to make sure you don’t wait to start your case. You especially don’t want to wait past the statute of limitations. There is no wiggle room with this, once the time has passed, you don’t get to get compensation.
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.
Call Our Tampa Bay Pedestrian Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
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.