Choosing a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Watch this video to learn what to look for when choosing a pedestrian accident attorney in Florida. Call our office to schedule a free consultation.
How do I choose the best attorney for my pedestrian accident claim?
In talking to somebody who was hit by a car while a pedestrian, they sustained very serious injuries, as they usually do if you’re a pedestrian hit by a car. That person and their family wanted to know, “In the Tampa Bay area, how do I figure out who some of the best lawyers are to handle this case?” You need to make sure that you hire an attorney who handles only personal injury cases and has experience with pedestrian cases specifically. You need to also be sure that that attorney is qualified to take the case as far as it needs to go, including trial. There’s a qualification that the Florida Bar does, which is board certification in civil trial law, that can help you understand whether the attorney you’re talking with is appropriately qualified. Less than 1% of the lawyers in the state are board certified, and it requires extensive reviews, testing, and trial experience to get that qualification and to be able to say that the attorney is a specialist in civil trial law.
That leads into the third most important thing, which is making sure the attorney who you talk to about your pedestrian injury is someone who does go to trial. Every insurance company knows the attorneys who don’t go to trial and just want to settle the case quickly for whatever they offer, and those attorneys get whatever the insurance companies first offer. On the other hand, they know who the trial lawyers are, that do go to trial, and because attorneys go to trial, they get different offers and are treated differently by the insurance companies and the defense lawyers.
In that situation, by hiring someone who’s board certified in civil trial law for your pedestrian accident, you’re going to have an attorney who is going to be able to obtain a fair settlement for you and, in the event that the insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement, is going to have your case prepared to have your case go to trial and win.
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