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If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Florida, you may be scared and wondering what you should do next. When you are hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries and damages. It is extremely important that you get in touch with one of our East Central Florida pedestrian accident lawyers right away.

At Layman Law Firm, we want to get you a compensation award in the fullest and fairest amount. We will work tirelessly to get you what you deserve. If you are looking for a strong, dependable, and skilled attorney to represent you, please call our office today and set up your free initial consultation.

Guidance After Being Involved in a Pedestrian Accident

Many different types of vehicles must share the road safely and be respectful of the differing needs of various cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles. Added into that mix are pedestrians, to sometimes perilous results. Drivers must remain aware of the conditions around them, pay close attention to traffic signs and signals, and stay mentally alert, because pedestrians do not have the same protections afforded to them that vehicles do. When a driver is negligent behind the wheel, it can lead to the serious injury of a pedestrian. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, legal counsel and assistance are available from one of our East Central Florida pedestrian accident lawyers, as you may be eligible to recover damages for your:

  • medical bills, and
  • lost wages

It is always wise for someone on foot to also remain alert and use care when navigating busy sidewalks and city streets, as drivers may not be so careful. Always stay within posted crosswalks, follow traffic flow signals, and never jaywalk. Even if you as a pedestrian exhibit caution and care, injuries can still occur due to careless and negligent drivers who are speeding, driving too fast for conditions, are disrespectful of crosswalks, driving drunk, or otherwise reckless by ignoring traffic laws and signals. Injuries sustained when a vehicle hits a pedestrian can be tragic, including:

  • serious harm to the head, brain, neck, and spinal cord as well as
  • broken bones, lacerations and damage to internal organs

How Compensation Works for Pedestrian Accidents in Florida

Florida is one of the states that allows victims of personal injury cases, including pedestrian accidents, to receive compensation even if they are at fault. In Florida, you can get compensation even if you were mostly to blame for causing the accident. If for some reason you did almost everything wrong and got hit by a car who did mostly everything right, you can receive compensation for your injuries and damages.

The catchall with comparative negligence is that you do not get to be compensated in full if you are found to be at fault. The way the rule works is as followed:

  • Anyone found to be 100 percent at fault does not get compensation
  • Anyone found to be 1 – 99 percent at fault gets reduced compensation
  • Anyone not found to be at fault gets full compensation

You will get a full award if you were in the right for everything leading up to the accident. You may be found at fault if, for example, you were crossing where there wasn’t a crosswalk and got hit.

Let’s say for example, you were at an intersection, thought the coast was clear, and crossed during a green light. A car that was going over the speed limit didn’t have time to stop and hit you. You may be deemed to be 30% in a situation such as that. If you are deemed 30% while you have been awarded $100,000 in compensation, then your award would be reduced to $70,000.

Our lawyer does everything they can to reduce your liability and preserve your full compensation award. Something you should avoid doing if you want full compensation is giving a recorded statement to the driver’s insurance company. They will try to get you on record saying the accident was your fault and they will use anything you say against you to either reduce what they owe your or eliminate your claim altogether.

Please Call Our East Central Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today

You should never be forced into a difficult financial position due to the injuries caused you by another. We at Layman Law Firm take pride in our experienced team and can offer a personal level of outstanding legal service. Our attorneys understand the seriousness of your predicament, and will diligently seek monetary damages necessary to help with your recovery and way of life.

The recklessness of another should not be allowed to cause you injury. Contact our East Central Florida pedestrian accident lawyers today for swift and just legal action and protect your rights.