Are you suffering major injuries and want to know how to win your pedestrian accident case? Read our tips on how we can help, then call our Florida lawyer.
Choosing The Right Pedestrian Accident Attorney
We often get asked about selecting a lawyer in a pedestrian-automobile accident case. Our answer is this: Find someone with experience. Find a lawyer who practices virtually exclusively personally injury work.
We’ve practiced for over 38 years. Representing pedestrians is a big part of that. The rules are a little bit different. When a pedestrian gets hit by an automobile, the insurance interplays are different.
You need a lawyer who understands that so that he can navigate you through. Preferably, you want a lawyer who’s been around awhile and knows what the inside of a courtroom looks like, a lawyer who has tried cases, has litigated cases, and has the respect of the insurance companies, When the insurance companies see your lawyer’s name for example on paperwork, letters, court papers, they know that they are dealing with someone who’s been there before.
If you’ve been hurt as a pedestrian, been hit by a car in Nassau County, Duval County, or the surrounding areas, call us.We’ll sit down; we’ll go over things. We’ll see how best we can help you.
Common Mistakes in a Pedestrian Accident Case
In looking over cases where pedestrians have been hit by cars, we often see mistakes that they’ve made— unintentionally, most of the time. One of them is they don’t get treated. There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as a minor pedestrian-automobile accident. Sometimes, every so often, someone will get hit, and they don’t think they’re hurt as badly as they are, so they don’t get treated.
They don’t go to the emergency room. They don’t go to their primary care doctor until later. Many times, the injuries don’t manifest themselves or you don’t feel them for several days or weeks later. In these kinds of cases, pedestrians are prone to receiving traumatic brain injuries. Those signs and symptoms don’t surface for weeks and weeks sometimes. If you don’t get a full range of treatment early on, that can be missed. Medical evidence is gone.
It’s just a mistake; unintentional, but it’s a mistake. Another is not getting a lawyer involved in the process early on. Preserving evidence is another reason to get the lawyer involved early. Cars typically are not seriously damaged when they hit a pedestrian. They’re repaired and typically repaired pretty quickly. If a lawyer is not involved early on, that’s a piece of evidence which will be gone because no pictures were taken.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian-auto accident where you’ve been hit by a car in Nassau County or Duval County, call us. We’ll sit down and we’ll talk about your case and figure out how best to approach it and move forward with it.
Differences Between Pedestrian And Car Accident Cases
What are the differences between an injury case involving a pedestrian versus and one with two automobiles? For one, pedestrian cases are typically more serious cases. There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as a minor pedestrian-automobile accident case.
One of the things that is different medically is that so many times, there is a traumatic brain injury that does not manifest itself immediately. We haven’t found a case yet where a pedestrian’s been wearing a helmet. If they get hit, they can strike everything imaginable, including their head.
Traumatic brain injuries can manifest themselves later. That’s why it’s important to get treated completely immediately after the accident. That’s one of the major differences. There are differences connected with insurance as well.
If you’ve got that situation where you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian, call us. Get us involved early on so that we can help navigate you through those different waters. We’ve been in practice in the Northeast area for 38 years.
If you have been hurt in Nassau or Duval County or the surrounding areas, call us. We’ll sit down; we’ll go over all those things. We’ll map out a plan to help you.
Pedestrian Accident Case Value
There are several factors involved in putting a value or a value range on a case such as a pedestrian-automobile accident case. They can include the nature and extent of the injury, whether the injury is permanent, whether it impairs your ability to get on your normal course of life, whether you’ve lost time from work, whether you have unpaid bills, and whether the liability on the case is strong or it’s weak.
All of those things factor into assessing the value of the case. It’s not done quickly. Sometimes, we get asked in the very first conference how much a case is worth. We tell them we don’t know. That’s a true statement.
It takes time. We gather evidence. We do lots of things that involve assessing the value of the case. Generally, it comes much later in the case.
If you’ve been hurt, if you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian in Nassau County, in Duval County, or the surrounding areas, call us. We’ll sit down; we’ll go over your case. We’ll go over the strength and weaknesses. We’ll figure out a plan to help you best with your case.
Pedestrian Accident Case Timeline
Resolving a pedestrian-automobile accident case can typically take 9 to 14 months. If we get involved and we have to file a lawsuit, you can add a year to that estimate. If it gets complicated in the litigation, more time. The court systems have gotten clogged up again with cases. It’s taken us a long time to get to trial on cases.
The takeaway is that it’s not going to be over in a couple of weeks or four to six weeks. It’s going to take time. There are lots of things involved in preparing a case. It all takes time.
You heard a saying that there’s no minor pedestrian-automobile accident. That is true. Getting back to as close to normal as you were before, that’s your goal; that’s your job. Let the lawyers do what they do; let us do what we do best.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian-automobile accident, if you’ve been hit by a car in Northeast Florida, Duval County, Nassau County, or surrounding areas, call us. We’ll get together and we’ll go over things. We’ll map out a plan to help you with your case.
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