St. Petersburg Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our office to arrange a free case review with our St. Petersburg pedestrian accident attorneys. We first want to express how sorry we are that you have to deal with this. Your injuries are most likely severe and require medical treatment. It can be very stressful to get hit with unexpected medical bills as well as having to miss time at work. If you are worried about your financial future, please give us a call. Our St. Petersburg pedestrian accident attorneys are dedicated to providing their expertise to getting you full and fair compensation for your injuries. Read up a little bit about your case and then call our office to set up a free consultation.
How to Get Full Compensation
Florida is a state that follows the rules of pure comparative negligence. What that means is that, even if the liable party’s insurance company pins some of the blame on you, you can still receive compensation. However, with shared fault means you have a reduced award. If you have been awarded $100,000 in damages, but you have been deemed 20% at fault for your part in causing the accident – say you were not in a crosswalk when you were hit – then your award will be reduced to $80,000. We will do everything we can to keep you from getting blamed for the accident.
Do Not Talk to the Insurance Company
Speaking of getting pinned for the blame, there is a big mistake that you need to avoid if you want to get full compensation. The liable party’s insurance company is most likely going to call you very shortly after the accident to try to get a recorded statement from you. If you agree to this, they will be asking you questions that might give you no choice but to answer unfavorably. The best thing you can do is have your attorney take over all communication with the insurance company.
Many times people will simply take an insurance compensation check before the full extent of their damages is even determined. Our lawyers will make sure that you get the facts before you accept a check:
- Assessing the situation: We check the circumstances of your case to analyze all possible angles before we step into the courtroom. Illustrating fault is essential to winning cases.
- Proving negligence: Our attorneys prove that you are a victim based on negligence of the liable party.
- Demanding compensation: We have experience dealing with insurance companies and know that their first offer is never their best. We argue for the damages you deserve.
Our St. Petersburg lawyers are invested in the outcome of your case. We are proud to be reputable winners and will make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Because of the nature of these accidents, pedestrians are more likely to face life-changing injuries. You are completely exposed when you are hit by a vehicle and that can permanently change your body. The most common types of pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injury or concussion or contusion
- Cuts and lacerations
- Nerve damage
The most important thing you can do for yourself is get medical attention right away. There is nothing more important than your health. You want to make sure that your injuries are tended to. You might have a lot of adrenaline coursing through your body that makes it harder to tell how badly hurt you are, so you want to make sure that you have everything checked out.
Important First Steps
You might be too injured to collect evidence, so if that is the case, you can call on a friend, family member, or even an attorney to go on the scene and do these things for you. On the scene, you should take photos and videos of the vehicle that collided with you, and the area around you including tire marks and debris. You should also get contact information from any and all witnesses as well as the driver of the vehicle that hit you. Something that you should always remember while you are on the scene is that you should never say it was your fault. This can be used against you even if you weren’t the true cause of the accident.
Florida Statute of Limitations
You have four years from the date of your accident to bring your claim or settle it in civil court. It is not a deadline you can get an extension for, and if you try to bring your claim after four years, you will be barred from receiving compensation. Four years seems like a long time, but you should never delay in talking to an attorney. Your case is important and you want it to be as successful as possible. Getting to an attorney as soon as possible is only going to benefit your case because they need time to build you a strong case.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
The St. Petersburg pedestrian accident attorneys of Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera are board certified trial lawyers, meaning that if court appearances are necessary for your case, we have the skills to fight on your behalf and achieve effective results. Because we understand that every case is unique and important to the people involved, we strive to provide you with the personal attention we believe you deserve as the victim of a pedestrian accident. If you need a strong and dedicated lawyer to guide you through your case, please do not hesitate to give us a call to set up a free consultation with our experienced St. Petersburg pedestrian accident attorneys. We will make sure you are on track to receive the best possible compensation award.