Newberry Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Newberry Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Were you or a loved one injured while walking around Newberry, FL? If so, an experienced Newberry pedestrian accident lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. 

With our nearly three decades of experience, we’ll fight to hold the responsible parties fully accountable–and recover every dollar you deserve in the process.

We offer a free consultation to all potential clients, so call our law offices in Newberry, Florida, today to schedule yours.

How Allen Law Firm, P.A. Can Help After a Pedestrian Accident in Newberry

How Allen Law Firm, P.A. Can Help After a Pedestrian Accident in Newberry

It’s no secret that pedestrians are much more vulnerable to injuries when involved in a car accident. In fact, drivers and passengers often walk away unscathed after hitting a pedestrian. When you’re seriously hurt, you deserve the help of a lawyer who has experience winning cases like yours.

Our Newberry personal injury lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. have helped thousands of accident victims recover fair compensation over the years. We’ll put that winning track record to work for you when the insurance company tries to undervalue or deny your injury claim.

Hiring our firm means you’ll have a lawyer who will:

  • Carefully investigate to locate evidence to back up your story
  • Defend you when the insurance company tries to pin the blame on you
  • Hire experts and specialists who can offer insight into what your case is worth
  • Use our nearly 30 years of experience to negotiate the highest settlement possible

Working with insurance companies to recover damages can be difficult. The insurance company sees cases like yours every day. They know how to convince car accident injury victims to accept less than they deserve. 

You deserve a Newberry personal injury attorney to help you even the score. Our lawyers know how these cases work and are ready to stand up for you. Give us a call today for a free case review.

How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents in Newberry, FL?

Florida has the highest number of pedestrian accident deaths in the nation. In 2019, 734 pedestrians were killed statewide. Another 699 pedestrians lost their lives in 2020.

Thousands more are injured while walking around our communities every year. In 2019 and 2020, there were nearly 20,000 combined pedestrian accidents across the state of Florida. In those same two years, 255 combined crashes involving pedestrians were reported in Alachua County alone.

What is My Newberry Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?

What is My Newberry Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?

If you were hurt, you’re probably wondering what your personal injury case is worth. The severity of your injuries and the extent of your losses are the primary factors that influence your claim’s value.

In other words, the greater the damages, the higher the dollar value of your injury case. 

It’s hard to estimate the value of any given personal injury case without understanding the circumstances. After assessing the evidence in your case, our attorneys can use our past experience to offer an estimate.

Factors that we’ll consider include:

  • Whether you’ll experience permanent injuries or are expected to recover fully
  • The value of your lost wages
  • The likelihood that you’ll return to work in the same capacity
  • How the injury impacted your life and your family
  • Your physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Whether the defendant’s conduct was especially shocking

At a practical level, the value of your case can depend upon available insurance coverage. That’s why we investigate fully to identify all potential sources of compensation–remembering that multiple parties might be responsible for your accident.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Pedestrian Accident Victims?

Pedestrian accident victims are entitled to seek several types of damages in a personal injury case. The idea behind economic damages is to reimburse accident victims for their financial losses–or expenses related to the injury. 

Most accident victims are entitled to compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Medications, medical devices, and specialized medical needs
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Property damage

In other words, the law recognizes that you shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket because someone else was careless. 

However, non-economic damages can be equally important–although more difficult to value. Non-economic compensation is available because accident victims suffer much more than simple financial losses.

In addition to your financial losses, you may be entitled to money to reflect the value of your: 

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent disfigurement and scarring
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of consortium

In cases involving gross negligence, you might also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are rare. They might be available in cases where the defendant’s acts were intentional or in cases where a pedestrian is hit by a drunk driver.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?

Sometimes pedestrians can share in the blame for an accident. For example, if a driver was texting and strikes a pedestrian who was crossing an intersection on a “don’t walk” signal, both parties might be responsible.

Under Florida law, shared fault doesn’t eliminate your right to recover damages unless you were 51% or more responsible. The state currently operates under a modified comparative negligence standard with a 51% recovery bar. Florida accident victims can still recover damages even if they were partly to blame.

When you’re partly responsible, however, you’ll receive a lower compensation award. Your compensation will be reduced in proportion to your share of the blame (if you’re 30% at fault, your damages are reduced by 30%). And if this percentage reaches 51% or higher, you cannot recover damages.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries

When pedestrians are hit by cars, trucks, or buses, they’re likely to suffer extensive injuries. Motor vehicles weigh thousands of pounds. Pedestrians, at most, weigh only a couple of hundred pounds. There’s simply no match.

At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we know what you’re up against. We’re experienced in handling even the most serious injury claims. 

We’ll fight for full compensation for all of your injuries, which might include:

Some auto accident victims never recover from their catastrophic injuries, and some do not survive their accidents. If you lost a loved one in Alachua County, our personal injury attorneys can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover the cost of medical care, funeral expenses, and more.

What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents in Newberry, Florida?

Before you can hold anyone accountable for an accident, you have to identify the root cause of the accident. Most pedestrian accidents happen because of negligence or reckless driving. 

Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Driver distraction 
  • Drunk driving
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians
  • Poorly marked intersections
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals
  • Running a red or yellow light
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Unsafe passing
  • Illegal or unsafe turns
  • Road hazards 
  • Vehicle defects
  • Inadequate lighting

Not all pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Sometimes multiple parties share the blame. 

For example, assume a driver was speeding through an intersection where traffic signals weren’t working. Our car accident lawyers might be able to hold both the driver and the government agency responsible for maintaining the intersection liable.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Pedestrian Accident in Florida? 

To prove negligence, you have to show that the responsible party didn’t behave reasonably under the circumstances. You could also argue the responsible party failed to do something that a reasonable person would have done.

You have to prove:

  • The at-fault party owed you a legal duty of care
  • The party breached that duty
  • You suffered an injury
  • The at-fault party’s breach caused your injury and damages

Negligence can take on many forms. In every case, you have to give the judge or insurance company proof that the defendant was responsible.

 Our pedestrian accident attorneys can take the lead in finding that proof, which might include:

  • Police and accident reports
  • Cell phone records
  • Video footage and photos
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Testimony from accident reconstruction specialists and medical experts
  • Medical records
  • And more

Our lawyers can offer the legal advice you deserve. Give us a quick call today to learn more about creating an attorney client relationship.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?

Florida has recently adjusted its statute of limitations deadline for personal injury cases. If your accident occurred on or before 3/23/2023, you must submit your claim within four years. If it occurred after that date, you will have two years instead. After the statute of limitations expires, you lose your right to compensation forever. Since there are exceptions to the deadline for some cases, it is best to confirm the time limit for your situation with an attorney.

Contact a Newberry Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

When you need an experienced Newberry pedestrian accident lawyer to protect your rights, you can count on Allen Law Firm, P.A.. We have nearly 30 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and advocating for clients. So, you can rest assured that we’ll do everything we can to get the maximum available compensation. All you have to do is call today and schedule your free consultation.