In Gainesville, pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries in an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured, an experienced Gainesville pedestrian accident lawyer can increase your chances of winning full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation to every potential client. Contact our Gainesville law office today to schedule your appointment.
How Can an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Help if I Was Hurt in a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrians have nothing to protect them if they’re struck by a car walking down the street. That’s why pedestrian accident injuries tend to be so severe–and even catastrophic. Even if you eventually recover, it might take weeks or months. Some pedestrian accident victims are left permanently disabled.
If someone else was careless and caused the accident, they should be held responsible. It’s unfortunate, but even if you clearly deserve compensation, insurance companies are likely to fight you every step of the way.
Even if the insurance adjuster seems friendly and concerned, it’s important to remember that they aren’t on your side. Their job is to find a way to blame you for getting hurt. An experienced Gainesville personal injury attorney at Allen Law Firm, P.A. can level the playing field.
When you hire us, we will:
- Make sure you understand your rights and options so that you can make the best choices for your family
- Launch a thorough investigation to find out what caused your accident
- Defend your rights and make sure the insurance company takes your injury claim seriously
- Consult with top experts in medicine, psychology, accident reconstruction, and any other field that might be useful in supporting your claim
If you’re seriously hurt, you need a lawyer who will take your case seriously. At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we treat our clients like family. We’ll work to support your best interests every step of the way.
Our experienced lawyers have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for satisfied clients across Central Florida. We also have experience working in the insurance industry–so we’re familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to scare you into accepting a lowball settlement. We’ll put that real-world legal experience to work for you.
If you’re ready to get started, don’t wait another minute. Call our law firm to schedule a free consultation right away.
How Dangerous is Walking for Florida Pedestrians?
Walking is a great way to get around. It’s healthy, environmentally friendly and helps you save money.
Unfortunately, a study by the National Complete Streets Coalition shows that Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians.
Between 2008 and 2017, 5,433 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in Florida. During that same time frame, pedestrian deaths increased 35% nationwide.
Why is walking becoming more dangerous for pedestrians? Data shows that the following have all contributed to the rise in serious pedestrian accidents:
- People are driving more
- Streets are wider and more open
- Speed limits are higher
- City blocks are longer, meaning fewer crosswalks for pedestrian use
Who is at greatest risk for suffering injuries in a pedestrian accident in Florida? Reports show that older Floridians, minorities and pedestrians walking in lower-income communities are the most likely to be hurt in a pedestrian accident.
What Are Some of the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Gainesville?
Gainesville is no stranger to pedestrian accidents. Most pedestrian accidents involve a motor vehicle–and some of the leading causes of these dangerous accidents also contribute to car accidents in our communities.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Unsafe passing
- Unsafe or illegal turns
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Racing through an intersection
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Other traffic law violations
- Insufficient or broken traffic control devices
Of course, pedestrians can also contribute to the cause of an accident. Darting into a roadway or crossing a busy road outside of the intersection is always dangerous. In most cases, reckless drivers and distracted drivers play a role in the accident.
The Gainesville pedestrian accident attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A. know how to find out if the driver who hit you was negligent. Call us today to speak more about options in your case.
Gainesville Pedestrian Accidents Often Cause Debilitating Injuries
It’s easy to understand that higher speeds result in more serious pedestrian accident injuries. However, pedestrians can be seriously hurt even in a low-speed crash. If your head hits the pavement, you might suffer severe head injuries even if speed wasn’t a contributing factor.
Our experienced lawyers will fight to get fair compensation regardless of the injuries you’ve suffered. We often represent clients who have sustained:
- Brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Hip fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Joint injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Chest injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Our lawyers understand the challenges you’re facing if you or a loved one were seriously hurt. We’ll go above and beyond to make the legal process as simple and effective as possible for your family. If you’re ready to seek compensation for your injuries, give our attorneys a call to tell us what happened.
What is the Statute of Limitations in Florida?
Life after an accident can be challenging. Our lawyers know that you’re dealing with physical limitations and potentially life-threatening injuries. You need to focus on your health and family–but it’s also important to get a lawyer involved quickly.
The Florida statute of limitations on personal injury claims gives you four years to file a lawsuit. If you lost a loved one, you only have two years to file an action for wrongful death. Insurance companies give you even less time to file a claim.
You don’t have to take your eye off your physical recovery to get started. Our lawyers can make sure all the legal paperwork is filed so that your right to compensation is protected.
What if I Was Partly to Blame for the Accident?
In the past, the insurance company’s ability to blame a pedestrian for an accident was more limited. They would typically claim that you darted out into traffic without warning. Today, insurance companies have more leverage because pedestrians can be distracted by their phones just as easily as a driver.
However, in Florida, you don’t lose your right to compensation if you share the blame. The comparative fault law allows victims to recover compensation even if they are found to be partly at-fault. Liability in shared fault cases is divided between all parties involved.
That means the insurance company, a judge or jury will assign a percentage of fault to each party involved. When your final compensation entitlement is determined, it will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. For example, if you were 30% to blame, your damages award will be reduced by 30%.
If the insurance company blames you for the accident, call a personal injury attorney right away. We’ll work to find evidence that shows you weren’t at fault–or that your percentage of fault should be lower than the insurance company claims–so that you can receive the full compensation you deserve.
How Much is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
Our lawyers can only estimate the true value of your claim once we’ve evaluated your case. There isn’t a specific formula that’s used to determine how much your personal injury claim is worth. If your injuries were severe and permanent, your compensation award will generally be higher.
The nature of your medical care, recovery time and permanence are all factors that come into play in valuing your case. Our lawyers are well-versed in making sure accident victims get the fair compensation they deserve.
Our lawyers will fight to get money for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical costs
- Lost future earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitative care
- Long-term care
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damages for wrongful death
Even if you have car insurance, it might not be enough to cover your expenses if you were hurt in a pedestrian accident. Our Gainesville pedestrian accidents attorneys are here to discuss alternative options for recovering additional compensation. We’ll work to find every available source of compensation so that you can get what you need.
Call an Experienced Gainesville Pedestrian Accidents Lawyer for Help Today
Pedestrian accidents are understandably traumatic for the victim. You don’t have to handle the legal aspects alone. An experienced Gainesville pedestrian accidents lawyer can make all the difference in getting the most available compensation for your injuries.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our lawyers have decades of experience and a track record of success that speaks for itself. We’re ready to help. Your consultation is free, so all you have to do is call to learn more about what an experienced personal injury attorney can do for you.