Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Helping Pedestrian accident Victims in Flagler Beach, Bunnell, Palm Coast and throughout Flagler County
My office window faces A1A in Flagler Beach and every day I see near misses as pedestrians cross the road and drivers are distracted by cell phones, texting and the beautiful ocean view. Unfortunately, when a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian always loses. I am an experienced personal injury attorney located in Flagler County and I am dedicated to helping those injured in Flagler Beach and Palm Coast pedestrian accidents. I will take legal action against the driver responsible for the crash and help you pursue the best personal injury result available under the law.
9 out of 10 times the motorist’s insurance company will make a low-ball offer to compensate the injured party or the family of someone who has been killed. Before you even speak to the driver's insurance company, it is advisable to speak to a Flagler County pedestrian accident attorney. I always offer free consultation to ensure the victim’s rights are upheld and a more aggressive damage claim is pursued.
FLORIDA LAW ON PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
Florida laws protect those who are involved in accidents to ensure that they don’t face financial ruin when someone else is responsible for their damages. As such, if a pedestrian is struck and injured or killed by a driver, the motorist who was responsible for the crash is also responsible for paying the costs, financial losses and pain and suffering that result from their negligent behavior.
Drivers purchase liability insurance to cover just such a tragic situation. The insurance company for the at-fault driver must compensate the pedestrian who was hurt or will pay monetary damages to surviving family members in the tragic event that the pedestrian is killed in the accident.
The compensation the insurance company will pay the injured victim should cover all losses sustained as a direct result of the crash. This can include:
Lost income/wages if the injury causes the victim to miss work or to be unable to hold a job
Medical bills and therapy costs arising from the injury
Pain and suffering damages for the physical harm caused by the accident
Emotional distress if the accident causes PTSD or other mental harm
Wrongful death if the accident is a fatal
Please contact me should you wish to pursue a claim against the driver who was responsible for your injuries in order to ensure that the insurance company provides coverage for these economic and non-economic losses.
FREE 30 MINUTE CONSULTATION at my Office or I can come to your Home or Hospital
ALL INJURY REPRESENTATION IS DONE ON A CONTINGENCY FEE AGREEMENT. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU UNLESS I RESOLVE YOUR CASE.
HOW TO OBTAIN COMPENSATION AFTER AN ACCIDENT
If the at fault driver’s insurance company will not meet your demands, an injured pedestrian accident victim or their surviving family members can pursue a claim for compensation by filing a personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit. With the help of a Florida pedestrian accident lawyer, the injured victim will need to convince a judge or jury that the driver was negligent and that the pedestrian is entitled to financial compensation for their damages.
In many situations, however, cases settle before going to court. If the insurance company offers a reasonable payout for losses, you can accept this payment in exchange for giving up the right to sue. A Flagler County pedestrian accident attorney can help to negotiate a settlement and can advise you on whether a proposed settlement offer is fair or whether to pursue a claim in court.
CONTACT A FLAGLER BEACH PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY
The laws in Florida are designed to protect pedestrians and their loved ones who are left behind after an accident occurs. Contact me to learn how protect your legal rights and to get the protection of these laws after you’ve been hurt.
To learn more about how a Flagler Beach pedestrian accident attorney can assist in getting the compensation you deserve after a pedestrian accident, contact me today to set up your free, no-obligation consultation.
Important Steps after a Pedestrian Accident
If there people witnessed the accident, politely ask them for their name and phone number. They may be hesitant to cooperate but let them know it is just a precaution
Seek Medical Attention
I almost always see two types of reactions to an accident. The first is when someone has a broken bone, an open wound or loses consciousness. In this situation an ambulance is usually called so medical help comes to the victim.
The other situation is when a victim has an accident but due to the shock and embarrassment they want to leave the area as quickly as possible. In these cases the person goes home and simply wants the incident to pass. Unfortunately, once the emotions and shock wear off, the pain arrives. Sometime it is hours later or the next morning. It is important to seek medical help as soon after your accident as possible because you cannot always determine the extent of your injury without a proper evaluation.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
I would be pleased to represent you in your accident claim. There are many important steps to take in the days immediately following the accident to protect your legal claim. Some of these important actions include examining the drivers vehicle or the location before any repairs or changes are made, preserving evidence and protecting your right to recover.
GET THE DRIVER'S INSURANCE INFORMATION
Report the Accident
If you are able or if someone can help you, the local police or sheriff should be contacted. Many times when a vehicle hits a pedestrian it may also involve a a criminal traffic violation as well. if you are too inured at the scene a traffic investigator may come to the hospital or you home to take a statement.
Have your Attorney Contact the At-Fault Drivers Insurance
If there is one piece of advise I hope you take away from this webpage, it is this: Do not give a statement to the Drivers Insurance Company. There may be 1% of the time when that is appropriate but it is best to let an attorney decide when that is.