Drivers are expected to obey a number of safety rules and regulations when they operate their vehicles, and they are expected to act with reasonable care. Motorists have these obligations to protect others on the road, including pedestrians.
Unfortunately, sometimes drivers are unreasonably careless, break the rules or fail to live up to basic safety rules. A pedestrian can suffer grave harm if a driver’s bad choices or careless actions lead to a collision. In fact, auto accidents can cause serious injury or death to those walking on or near streets and sidewalks.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to understand your legal rights, as you may be entitled to monetary compensation. A pedestrian accident attorney at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can evaluate your case, explain your options and help you pursue damages to cover your losses.
Pedestrians should be compensated for all losses from a car accident caused by a driver who does something wrong. To obtain remuneration, a pedestrian would need to prove:
Both pedestrians hurt in crashes and family members of those killed in pedestrian accidents can pursue claims against the responsible drivers provided they can prove these three things. Unlike in criminal court, there is no requirement that a case be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Instead, it is sufficient to prove by a preponderance of evidence that the driver should be made to compensate the accident victim.
Pedestrian accidents can cause serious and permanent injuries that are expensive to treat. The goal of an injury or wrongful death claim is to ensure that the victim of a pedestrian collision has enough money to meet his or her medical needs. If the injury causes an inability to work, to lose the earnings of a deceased love one, or to experience lost companionship or a decline in quality of life, then you should also be compensated. In fact, pedestrian accident damages should include:
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we can help you put together proof that you deserve compensation and can work to show how badly you were harmed.
Because you have the obligation to prove your case to recover pedestrian accident compensation, it is important that you consult with a pedestrian accident attorney right away. Your attorney can:
Your pedestrian accident attorney can also work to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the insurance company of the driver who caused the pedestrian crash. A settlement would allow you to avoid going to court, as you would give up your legal right to sue in exchange for an agreed-upon payment from the insurance company.
Insurance companies and drivers who cause pedestrian accidents typically want to pay as little as possible. Certain laws, however, entitle you to full and fair compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, provided you can successfully pursue your claim.
Pedestrian accident cases can settle out of court or may be decided by a jury. We are prepared to represent you in negotiating a settlement agreement or in proving your pedestrian accident claim in trial. Our Florida attorneys have a reputation as experienced litigators and skilled negotiators and we are ready to put our legal knowledge to work for you. Contact us at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Orlando, Okeechobee today to learn how we can help.