Injury Lawyers for Pedestrian Accidents
If You Were Hit By a Car While Walking or Running in Florida, Our Lawyers Can Help You
Pedestrians have clear legal rights in Florida. As a pedestrian, you have the right of way when you are crossing in a designated area (i.e. a crosswalk); and, in all circumstances, drivers owe a duty of care to avoid causing you unnecessary harm. If you were hit by a car, truck or SUV while walking or running in Florida, you may be entitled to a significant financial recovery via a personal injury claim, and you should speak with a Florida pedestrian accident lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible.
How Can a Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help You?
While you may be entitled to financial compensation, this does not mean that asserting your legal rights is going to be easy. In fact, many injured walkers and runners find it extraordinarily difficult to recover the compensation they deserve. An experienced personal injury lawyer can handle your case for you, negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf, and help you make an informed decision about how and when to resolve your claim (or claims).
Filing for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) with Your Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
For most injured pedestrians, recovering their losses starts with filing a claim for personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. If you have auto insurance, then you will generally be required to file a PIP claim with your insurer. This is based on Florida’s “no-fault” auto insurance law. If you do not have auto insurance, then you can seek coverage under the driver’s PIP policy. In either case, you will want to hire a lawyer to help ensure that you receive the maximum coverage that is available.
Filing a Claim Under the At-Fault Driver’s Bodily Injury Liability (BIL) Policy
If you suffered a significant or permanent injury in the accident, then you are entitled to seek additional compensation under the driver’s bodily injury liability (BIL) policy. Not only are BIL limits generally higher than PIP limits, but BIL insurance also covers additional types of losses. While PIP covers medical expenses and lost income only, if you have a BIL claim, your personal injury attorney can seek compensation for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and other forms of financial and non-financial harm.
Our Accident Lawyers Can Help You File a Third-Party Claim to Recover Additional Compensation
In some cases, pedestrian accident victims will also be able to pursue “third-party” claims for damages. For example, you may have a third-party claim if:
- The driver was working at the time of the accident;
- The driver’s brakes failed;
- A stop light or crossing signal was not functioning properly; or,
- Any other issue with the road caused or contributed to your accident-related injuries.
Every Florida pedestrian accident lawyer at Searcy Denney is trained to thoroughly investigate the cause (or causes) of your accident in order to identify all claims you have available, and we will fight to ensure that all appropriate parties are held accountable for your accident-related losses. To get started, schedule a free consultation today.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Searcy Denney
Do you need to speak with a pedestrian accident attorney about recovering your losses after an accident in Florida? To speak with one of our highly-experienced personal injury lawyers for free, call 800-780-8607 or contact us online today.