When you have been injured by a moving vehicle while walking, you may be eligible for compensation. It is extremely frustrating and scary to get seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness. We want to say that we are here for you every step along the way to getting the best possible result for your case. You are a priority to us and we will treat you as such. It is important that you educate yourself about your pedestrian accident case so that you come into your first meeting prepared for the road that is ahead. One of our Pensacola pedestrian accident attorneys will sit down with you for a free initial case review to go over the details about how you were injured. After you read a bit below about what to do in pedestrian accident cases, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Common Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident
We commonly see some pretty severe injuries from pedestrian accidents due to the nature of these events. You are not protected by anything when a vehicle impacts you, which can lead to some permanent injuries in some people. The most common injuries that are a result of a pedestrian accident include:
- Traumatic brain injury (which could result in coma)
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal organ damage
- Road rash Scarring
- Neck injuries
What you need to do, if you have not already, is get medical attention immediately. This is not a scenario in which you should try to wait to see if the pain goes away. You want to see a doctor, go to an emergency room, or visit an urgent care facility. If you do not, your injuries will get worse. You will also have the insurance company on your back trying to reduce the compensation that they owe you. They will try to say that you were not actually injured as badly as you say you were or that you lied about how your injuries happened. If you get to a doctor right away, we can use those medical records as evidence to show the insurance company that you need compensation.
How to Get Pedestrian Accident Compensation
Florida state is a lenient state when it comes to providing compensation for people who have been deemed to be at fault for the accident either partially or mostly. The only way to be barred from getting a compensation award is if you were deemed entirely at fault. The way it works is that you will have a percent from zero to one hundred that will represent your fault in the accident. Obviously, if you are zero percent at fault, you will not have your award reduced, but if you bear fault from one to ninety-nine percent, your award will be reduced by that amount. For example, if you were deemed twenty percent at fault, and your award was for $100,000, you will be able to collect $80,000 of the award for your injuries and damages. We work hard to fight against the insurance company and protect your right to full compensation.
Do Not Talk to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
We have mentioned that the insurance company that represents the liable party will try to reduce what they owe you and that is true. They have their tactics, but something you can almost expect to happen to you is getting a phone call from them. Very shortly after you are hurt in your pedestrian accident, you are going to be contacted by an adjuster from the liable party’s insurance company. They will ask you for a recorded statement which you should not under any condition provide. They are trained to ask you questions in a way that you might answer in an unfavorable way. If you give them any answers that make you sound like you were at fault for the accident, they will use that against you and try to reduce what they owe you. Once you give them this recorded statement and give them answers that hurt your case, you cannot reverse that damage. Our best advice is to have your Pensacola pedestrian accident attorney take over all communication between you and the insurance company. They will protect you from ruining your case.
Call Our Pensacola Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Today
If you were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident and you are looking for a dedicated, supportive, and skilled Pensacola pedestrian accident attorney, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up a free initial consultation. It is so important that you find an attorney you are comfortable working with; this may be a long journey you are on together and you want to be able to trust who is representing you. We will be there for you every step of the way and make sure you are on the right track to getting the best possible result. Call us today and let us be your champion.