Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys is dedicated to providing unwavering support and experienced representation to individuals and families across Florida and the entire United States who have suffered harm in pedestrian accidents. We recognize the catastrophic nature of these events and utilize our expertise and resources to help victims and their families hold at-fault parties accountable, recovering the financial compensation that can help set things right.
Working as a team is what makes Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys so effective. Through the years, we have recovered over $1 billion for the injured, and we aren’t stopping there. Our attorneys, in-house physician, paralegals, and support staff work tirelessly every single day to seek civil justice for the wronged and the injured. As a team, we are stronger and can work harder than any one person.
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When law enforcement is called to the scene of a pedestrian accident, they will work to perform a preliminary investigation into the matter. Unless the pedestrian is incapacitated, law enforcement officers will take his or her statement along with statements from the driver and any witnesses to the accident. Sometimes this immediate investigation may be inconclusive, or incomplete, requiring a more detailed investigation, but the police report will indicate who the officer saw as being at fault.
In Florida, it is often more difficult to determine who is responsible for paying for an accident claim than it is to determine who actually caused the accident. Pedestrians often incorrectly assume that it is the insurance carrier for the at-fault party and are surprised to find out that it may be their own auto insurance company. Florida has personal injury protection (PIP) that is required by the state’s “no-fault” insurance law. In most cases, pedestrians who own an insured vehicle are required by law to file a claim under their insurance policy for compensation of accident injuries. In cases where the pedestrian does not own a vehicle, the at-fault’s driver’s policy or the no-fault policy of a blood relative living with the pedestrian may be available to pay for certain personal injuries and damages.
Despite the no-fault insurance law in Florida, the victim of a pedestrian accident could easily suffer damages exceeding the scope of any available insurance coverage. In this situation, the injured pedestrian’s best option for recovering their damages is to pursue a personal injury case against the party who caused their injury. Swift legal action can help the victim secure compensation for any losses that insurance won’t cover.
When you have grounds to pursue a personal injury case for a pedestrian accident, you must prove the defendant caused your accident and is directly responsible for all your claimed damages. The economic damages available in most personal injury cases filed for pedestrian accidents include medical expenses and lost income.
The pedestrian accident victim is likely to sustain severe injuries that will demand expensive medical treatment. Accordingly, the defendant is liable for these immediate medical treatment costs plus any costs associated with necessary ongoing care for managing symptoms and restoring functionality after a serious injury.
If the victim cannot work because of their injuries, the defendant is responsible for this lost income. Additionally, the defendant is liable for the victim’s lost ability to earn money if they caused an injury severe enough to prevent them from working in the future. While the average person may be able to calculate straightforward economic damages like hospital bills and lost income, they are likely to struggle with more complex damages such as long-term medical expenses and lost future earning potential.
Working with an experienced Jacksonville pedestrian accident attorney significantly improves your chances of success with your claim. When you choose Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys to represent you, we will carefully examine the details of your claim and help you figure out the complete amount of damages you can seek from the defendant. Beyond your economic losses, Florida law enables you to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. We can help you figure out a fair amount based on how severe your injuries are and whether you face long-term or permanent medical complications.
Pedestrian accidents often raise disputes of liability. For example, a driver who hit a pedestrian may claim they could not have stopped in time to avoid hitting the pedestrian because they stepped directly into their vehicle’s path outside of the crosswalk. If a pedestrian crosses a street illegally or is otherwise negligent in contributing to their accident, they face partial fault for the incident.
Florida is one of a few US states that upholds a pure comparative negligence law. This means a plaintiff who bears partial responsibility for causing their own damages can still claim compensation with a personal injury suit. However, if they win the case, they will lose a percentage of the final case award equal to their percentage of fault. If a civil claim involves substantial damages, even slight comparative negligence can leave a significant dent in the plaintiff’s final recovery.
If you have any concerns about bearing partial responsibility for the pedestrian accident you recently experienced, it is crucial to meet with a Jacksonville pedestrian accident attorney immediately. The sooner you secure legal representation, the sooner you can start building a case and obtaining the evidence you need to win compensation for your damages.
When it comes to determining fault and potential sources of compensation, our Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyers have the know-how and experience you need. We know what to expect from the insurance providers and will fight for a fair settlement or award in order to help you build a more stable future for you and your family.