Pedestrian accident lawyers in Tampa can help you if you’re hurt in an accident. As a pedestrian, you have rights when you’re the victim of an accident. The legal team at Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, can represent you as your pedestrian accident lawyers in Tampa. We can help you claim the compensation that you deserve and get the help you need after a pedestrian accident in Florida.
The pedestrian accident lawyers in Tampa at Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, are an aggressive and seasoned team of litigators who represent accident victims. As the victim of a pedestrian accident, you have multiple avenues to seek compensation.
With pedestrian accident lawyers in Tampa, you have a team of professionals prepared to evaluate your case, take the right steps, and develop a legal strategy that’s calculated for your success. At Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, you have a legal team of more than 40 members, who are dedicated to your success.
The Florida pedestrian accident laws are found in Florida Statutes 316.130. The laws create rules for how pedestrians behave on the roads. Of course, there are also rules for how vehicle drivers must behave on the roads.
For example, pedestrians must obey walk signals. They may not walk on the street if there’s a sidewalk. A driver must stop at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian to cross. One driver may not overtake another driver who is stopped at a crosswalk.
Walking is something that many people in Tampa, Florida enjoy. Tampa has beautiful weather, and many people like to take advantage of it by taking a walk. Others walk for exercise and to clear their minds. When most people go for a walk, they do not think about all of the horrible things that can potentially happen to them.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are common. It is estimated that 8,000 pedestrians in Florida are involved in an accident each year. Most pedestrians who are struck by a car are injured. In fact, it is estimated that 7,500 Florida pedestrians are injured each year. Five hundred pedestrians die each year in Florida.
Whether you file a first-party or third-party claim based on the circumstances of your situation, the insurance company wants to know that your injuries were caused by the accident before they award you any compensation. That’s why it is important to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can prove that your injuries were the result of the pedestrian accident. They will fight hard to make sure you are properly compensated.
However, even if you break a law, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t bring a legal claim for compensation. Determining your rights after a pedestrian accident can be complicated. It’s essential to speak to an experienced Tampa pedestrian accident attorney to determine your legal rights.
First, even though you’re not in a vehicle, there’s a good chance that your no-fault insurance is available to pay direct reimbursement of medical bills. Your no-fault, first-party car insurance policy may apply to pay compensation when you’re a pedestrian in an accident. Even if you don’t have insurance, if someone in your household has no-fault insurance, that insurance policy may pay first-party benefits.
In a first-party case, you don’t have to prove that the other party is at fault for the accident. Instead, you simply have to show that you have injuries because of the accident. A first-party claim doesn’t include compensation for pain and suffering; however, it can cover your medical bills without your having to prove fault for how the accident occurred.
Second, you may qualify to bring a claim against the vehicle driver who is responsible for the accident. If you don’t have no-fault insurance, you may be able to use the vehicle driver’s no-fault insurance to pay your medical bills. The driver’s no-fault insurance may be the sole avenue for recovery if your injuries are minor.
However, if your injuries are serious or permanent, you may qualify to bring a third-party negligence claim for compensation. The claim is based on meeting an injury threshold for injuries that are particularly severe, disfiguring, or permanent. The vehicle driver must be legally responsible for the accident.
In a third-party negligence claim, you may claim damages that include pain and suffering. Non-economic damages can raise the value of your claim significantly. You may recover payment through the other driver’s insurance company or directly from the other driver’s personal resources.
Anyone can get injured in a pedestrian accident. However, there are some people who are at a greater risk for getting injured in an accident than others.
At Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, we believe that it’s important to thoroughly prepare a strong case. Through careful preparation of lay witnesses, expert testimony, medical evidence, and accident reconstruction efforts, our team diligently develops your case. We’re trial lawyers. If you choose to take your case to trial, we march into the courtroom on your behalf. We choose the jury carefully, and we make legal arguments on your behalf, present evidence, and question witnesses. Our team is prepared and experienced to be effective courtroom litigators.
However, we also aggressively pursue settlement negotiations. With strong case preparation, we put you in a position to resolve your case without going to trial. In addition, our legal team gives you the information and guidance that you need to make the best decisions about whether to resolve your case or proceed to trial.
If you’ve been in a pedestrian accident, call our Tampa pedestrian accident attorneys for an immediate consultation. We’re standing by to get to know you and explain what you might stand to receive in your pedestrian accident case. Contact us today.