Car accidents are frightening enough, but if you are a pedestrian, you may face a long recovery. A Hialeah pedestrian accident attorney from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you seek compensation so you can access the treatment you need.
You have much more to deal with when you get injured than physical recovery. You could face a period of lost income and extremely high medical bills. Our personal injury lawyers can handle your case while you focus on your health.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Every 75 minutes, an individual dies in America from a motor vehicle collision. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that pedestrian injuries from automobile accidents are common. In 2020, over 7000 pedestrian victims died due to automobile accidents. During that same year, hospitals treated 104,000 victims with injuries.
The CDC shows that one primary cause of accidents involving pedestrians is the use of alcohol while driving. In 2019, 46% of all pedestrian accident deaths involved a driver who had been drinking. High speeds and failure to follow traffic signals can also cause many accidents with bystanders or people crossing the road.
Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
A report by the Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine revealed that three areas ranked highest for injuries when an automobile struck a pedestrian.
- Lower extremities
- Head, face, neck
- Upper extremities
Injuries to the head and thorax were often the most severe.
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What Is My Hialeah Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?
It’s hard to put an average monetary value on pedestrian accident claims. While one person may have injuries that are treated and heal quickly, another may have ongoing battles. Your attorney knows that some injuries are life-long and can require expensive ongoing treatment. You may not ever be able to return to work.
Your accident is worth the number of recoverable damages allowed under Florida law. Attorneys find the answers to questions about your health and injuries as they determine the worth of your claim. They can ask for enough funds to cover any future health expenses they might incur.
Florida’s Recoverable Damages
Injury cases in Florida allow the victim to recover specific types of recoverable damages. You have suffered financial and economic losses if you have medical bills or property damage. If you are now facing depression as a result of the accident, then this is a type of non-economic loss. Your attorney can help you understand the types of losses you are eligible to claim.
- Property damage
- Hospital bills
- Prescription costs
- Ambulance charges
- Lost wages
- Funeral costs
- Mental anguish
- Loss of limb
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of society
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Who Is Liable for My Hialeah Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
There can be different parties that are found liable for your pedestrian accident. It could be that the driver is responsible for being negligent and texting while driving. A bicyclist might cause a pedestrian accident. You can just as easily be knocked down by a bicyclist speeding haphazardly.
Debris from construction causes many accidents, both for pedestrians and vehicles. You might have been hit by a driver trying to avoid construction hazards left in the roadways by a construction company. Our law firm can have expert investigators determine the exact cause of your accident and demonstrate in court the responsible party.
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What Laws Protect Pedestrians in Florida?
Florida Statutes § 316.130 laws apply to pedestrians. As a pedestrian, you are responsible for using the available traffic control signals to cross roadways safely. If an officer is directing traffic, as a pedestrian, you must also follow any directions given.
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You Can Afford to Hire Our Hialeah Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
We accept cases with a contingency payment arrangement so that every victim can afford legal representation regardless of their current financial circumstances.
Contingency fees are part of a payment agreement. You agree to pay a percentage of any compensation as a legal fee. We will take responsibility for your case from start to finish. If we don’t resolve your claim, you don’t owe anything.
If you have questions, we offer a no-obligation examination of your claim and can inform you of your legal options. It’s a great time for questions you have about your claim. This review can help you better understand what a claim process will entail.
Does Florida Have Deadlines for Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits?
Under Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), a victim of a pedestrian accident has four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you have lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident, you generally have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d). Our lawyers can help you meet these deadlines and work to streamline your case.
Our Hialeah Pedestrian Accident Team Can Help
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, our clients are our top priority. Our attorneys can take on the legal legwork and work to hold a liable party responsible for your injuries.
When you review our past results, you can see that our firm has dedicated attorneys who will put your interest first. Call us today for a free consultation.
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