A Word of Warning
Certain things can ruin your case. The biggest mistake you can make might be talking to the liable party’s insurance company about what happened to you. They are looking for ways for you to ruin your own claim. In Florida, if you get pinned for a percentage of the blame for causing the accident, then you can get your compensation award reduced. We don’t want that for you. Your Nassau County pedestrian accident lawyer wants full and fair compensation. If you accidentally say something during a recorded statement with the insurance company, they could say that you were 50% at fault and any award you get should be reduced by half. The best thing that you can do for the success of your case is allow a Nassau County pedestrian accident lawyer to handle communication with the insurance company so that your rights to full and fair compensation are protected and you don’t accidentally say something that could lessen the value of your claim, leaving you with justice that’s not served.
Frequently Asked Pedestrian Accident Questions
Can a Pedestrian Be Partially at Fault in a Pedestrian Accident Case?
In Florida, we have a rule called the comparative negligence rule. What it means basically is that if you as the pedestrian are partially at fault and the driver is partially at fault, and we go to court and try your case, the jury will have the responsibility to tell us what percentage each of you are at fault.
For example, say the jury says that your case is worth $100,000, but they say that you are 50% at fault. The judge will award you $50,000, not $100,000. You can be partially at fault and you still have a case. That’s why we tell people that if they have a situation where they think maybe they’ve got some responsibility, where they stepped off the curbside and didn’t look both ways, for example, they may still have something of a case that we can help them with.
If you’ve been involved as a pedestrian, got hit by a car, where you think maybe you might bear some fault in Nassau County or Duval County, call us. We’ll sit down; we’ll talk about it. We’ll figure out a way to help you.
Do I Have a Claim If I Was Injured as a Pedestrian in a Hit and Run?
There are cases that are harder than others. Getting by a hit and run driver as a pedestrian is one of those. The hit and run driver is gone. Typically, their identity is not found out. Sometimes it is later on, but if they’re hitting and running, they’re leaving the scene. Many times, they don’t get caught, so you lose your ability to make a claim against the driver and his insurance company.
You may have an ability if you’ve purchased uninsured motorist coverage with your own automobile to make a claim. If you do not own an automobile and you do not have that kind of insurance, then this is a tough conversation that we have with people who are hurt in that scenario. There may not be a practical ability to help you.
We can counsel you in terms of getting treatment and some alternative coverage issues, but you could have a very difficult time. You’re not going to know unless you call us. We handle these situations a lot when they come up in our 38 years of practice. If you’ve been hit as a pedestrian in a hit and run situation, call us. We’ll sit down. It’s not going to cost you anything.
We can guide you at a minimum. Call us and we’ll sit down. We’ll figure out something that’s best for you.
How Are Pedestrian Accident Claims Different from Car Accident Claims?
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.
How Do I Choose 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.
How Do You Determine the Value of My Pedestrian Accident Case?
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.
How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Pedestrian Accident Claim?
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.
Should I Speak to the Insurance Company After a Pedestrian Accident?
We get asked a lot whether clients should talk with insurance companies. There are two answers: yes and no. The yes has to do with your own insurance company. If you have insurance that will cover your injuries, contact them immediately and cooperate with them.
You have a responsibility to cooperate under your insurance policy. Tell them what they need to know. Give them what they ask for so that you can get your medical bills paid and the other things that your policy provides.
Otherwise, the answer is no. Do not talk to the insurance company for the other side for the automobile driver or owner who hit you. They are the experts; you are not.
One of the things we give clients in our first meeting is our contact information. We tell them to tell the insurance company to call us.
At that point, it is illegal for them to continue to talk to you. They know it. They will contact us. We will have the information flowing from our office in the appropriate way.
Yes and no is the answer to that. Call us if you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian. We can help you navigate through those mysterious issues of insurance and help you with your case. Call us and we’ll sit down and figure out a roadmap to best help you.
What Common Mistakes Do People Make in the 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.
What Should I Do After Being Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Sometimes, we get asked what to do after a pedestrian-automobile accident has occurred and a client’s been hit by a car. Ironically, the answer to that question is get medical care. That is head and shoulders the first thing you should do.
This case will be over at some point and time. It will be done. Everyone will go on with their lives. You are left with your injury. If you don’t get medical care and get it early on, you jeopardize your ability to maximize your recovery.
No one wants to be seriously hurt. No one wants to walk around with a permanent injury. You can help your circumstances by getting medical care. Get it early on. Then follow up with what your doctor tells you to do.
Typically, the first trip is to the emergency room. The emergency room refers you to secondary care, whether it’s an orthopedist, whether it’s your primary care doctor or other healthcare practitioner. They recommend that. You should go get treated, maximize your ability to recover. The longer you wait, the smaller your chances are of maximizing your recovery.
Then do what the doctors tell you to. One of the worst things you can do to your lawyer is when he gets your medical records, he sees the word non-compliant. That means you’re not doing what the doctor’s telling you to do. That is deadly to your case.
You don’t want to do that in the first place, but as far as your case is concerned, it throws a dagger into it. Do what the doctors tell you to do. There is every good reason for that. That’s the very first thing you should do is get medical care, follow up, do what the doctors tell you to do.
Secondly, get a lawyer involved early on so he can help navigate you through this process, which quite likely is the first time you’ve ever been involved in this situation. Our practice is virtually exclusively personal injury work. We know what needs to be done. Get us involved in the process early.
If you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian in Nassau County, Duval County, or outlying areas, call us. We’ll sit down; we’ll go over things. We’ll get you on the right track in the road to recovery and figure out a roadmap to best help your case.
Call Our Nassau County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents often leave victims with severe damages. You don’t deserve to have been hurt like this and we are going to stand by you to ensure you get the results you deserve. Our Nassau County pedestrian accident lawyer fights fearlessly to give people the results that they are entitled to. The liable parties who caused these immense damages need to be held accountable for the wrong they committed. Please call us as soon as you can to set up your free initial consultation.