Update: What is the Legal Side of Florida Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents are a common cause of injuries and sometimes, Wrongful Death in Florida. Hit and run accidents involving pedestrians are often severe. Floridians are familiar with the carelessness on the roads. The dangers of hit and run accidents lie primarily in blunt force trauma. The car-meets-human-body impact can be fatal, or a catastrophic threat to life.
The victim in a pedestrian accident has no protection from airbags on impact. Pedestrian accidents usually occur while a victim is crossing the street. Miami drivers can be careless, often failing to heed who has the right of way. Sometimes, the victim is already in the middle of the street while a vehicle chooses not to stop at a red light.
What can victims do after pedestrian accidents?
A victim with the right of way hit while crossing a street may legally pursue compensation for serious injuries. In the event of Wrongful Death, a victim’s family has the right to recover compensation. Compensation can provide for their lost loved one’s children and spouse. Maximum compensation ensures protection from financial distress lost future earnings can cause.
This article provides the four (4) most important legal points those who sustain injuries in pedestrian accidents must heed.
#1: Contact law enforcement after a pedestrian accident
Whether an accident was a hit and run or the negligent party remains on scene, the most important thing to do is call the police. Never approach the other party without police presence! This is for everyone’s safety.
Witness statements are an important part of any accident investigation. That’s because any information witnesses provide may help prove the recklessness or negligence of a driver. Sometimes an accident victim may sustain serious injuries, requiring transport to the hospital immediately. This means they cannot speak to police right away. Witnesses present should be able to clearly recount the color, make, model, and other specifics about the car and its driver quickly and accurately.
#2: Safely exchange information after a Florida pedestrian accident
Law enforcement should always be present while the parties exchange information. This provides safety for both parties. Furthermore, when police document an accident, a lawyer can use the information during litigation at a later date. This information can include: phone numbers, addresses, insurance information, and health insurance information. However, exchange of information is not always possible. For instance, if the victim is unconscious, exchange of information can be facilitated at a later date.
A delay in exchange of information also applies if the accident was a hit and run. In this instance, law enforcement will gather as much information as possible from witnesses about what occurred right before, during, and right after the accident.
#3: Seek medical care immediately after an accident
After a pedestrian accident the victim must receive immediate transport to a hospital. Serious injuries such as TBI are not visible, and require treatment immediately. Cuts, bruises, and scrapes are superficial, and sometimes receive treatment on the scene. However, all injuries need proper imaging and documentation. This can mean pictures, witness statements, and video. All of these things come into play when a lawyer proceeds with Discovery. These puzzle pieces can make up accident recreation and Demonstrative Aides as the case progresses.
Upon arrival to a hospital doctors will perform a complete range of tests and diagnostic imaging. These include MRI, X-ray, or CT Scan to quickly rule out the most life threatening injuries. In the event a life threatening injury occurs, treatment such as surgery or life sustaining measures are implemented quickly.
#4: Hire a lawyer with Board Certification
The most important thing post accident is recovery on the medical side. After stabilizing on the medical side, it’s important to contact a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer for a consultation. Personal Injury lawyers with Board Certification have more experience with pedestrian accidents. Board Certified lawyers recover in the multi-millions for the clients that are struck by a car and suffer permanent injury.
In the event of a hit and run in which the perpetrator leaves the scene, it takes a Board Certified lawyer to know how to proceed with litigation. When it comes to hit and run accidents, the process is not the same as it would be if the reckless party stays on the scene.
What is the end result of a Florida pedestrian accident?
The end result of a pedestrian accident should not be a lifetime of pain and suffering for the victim. However, often it is. This is why recovering maximum compensation should be top priority. In the event of a pedestrian accident in which a victim sustains serious injuries such as CRPS, Spinal Cord Injury, or TBI, the medical bills and lost wages quickly add up.
The Personal Injury law firm that never settles for less
It’s never acceptable to settle for a lawyer who only wants the client out the door with “any amount” on a check. The compensation check must be the maximum amount allowed by law.
Clients should never settle for a law firm that accepts any settlement amount. When a settlement offer is not sufficient, the firm must prepare for trial.
Personal Injury lawyers with experience are ready to take their cases all the way to trial, whenever necessary. Board Certified lawyers’ success rates are higher, their successes are in the multi-millions. These lawyers don’t simply settle for “winning” a case. Lawyers with Board Certification are successful because they have high moral standing, and their ethics exceed that of their peers.