Imagine that you’re walking down the sidewalk next to the A1A when a commercial truck hops the curb and runs you over. You are rushed to a nearby hospital and treated for multiple serious injuries. It takes weeks for you to be released from the hospital and recover at home. Meanwhile, you are missing work, and your family is unsure how to make ends meet. Being hurt in a North Miami Beach pedestrian accident is a serious matter. While the driver may or may not be convicted of a crime for the incident, Florida law still permits you to seek compensation for personal injuries, pain and suffering, and other economic losses. It’s important to determine early on if you want to hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
Give Yourself a Chance to Recover From Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Before you hire an attorney, it is important to deal with the emotional impact of such a tragic event. You may experience periods of depression or anxiety related to the accident, and it may take time to heal. We understand these struggles at Sibley Dolman. While you focus on your recovery, let us track down the accident report, investigate the crash, obtain witness accounts, and assess related property damage. Contact Sibley Dolman today for a free consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney at (954) 302-7068, or online.
We Understand the Legal Process
At Sibley Dolman, we understand the complexities of personal injury law. If you are the victim in a pedestrian accident, it is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible, before any relevant evidence is lost or destroyed. Furthermore, your expenses and potential damages may continue to climb, as you seek further treatment and learn to cope with any injuries that you may have suffered.
While you address feelings of loss, shock, grief, anxiety, pain, anger, and disappointment, your attorney can focus on collecting medical records and other evidence to establish how the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. Having your life altered by a serious accident is not something most people are able to process quickly, and hoping these feelings will go away over time won’t help you find justice—but hiring an experienced attorney might.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Here are some of the most common injuries that we’ve seen when a pedestrian gets struck by a moving vehicle:
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Shoulder/neck injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bone(s)
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injury
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents tend to have a couple of common factors that contribute to their occurrence.
Low Light Conditions
Perhaps one of the most common factors in pedestrian accidents is low light conditions. Typically, this means that the accident occurred at night. It isn’t surprising to hear that most pedestrian accidents occur during this time considering how visibility is significantly decreased but low light visibility conditions can occur during inclement weather and in certain locations like tunnels, underpasses, etc.
Driving under the influence is a major problem that afflicts pedestrians and other drivers alike. The lowered driving abilities that come with drug use or alcohol consumption are a major factor in many pedestrian accidents. What many do not know is that this goes both ways and many pedestrian accidents involve the influence of certain substances on the pedestrian’s end which can lead them being involved in collisions with motor vehicles.
An overwhelming amount of pedestrian accidents occur when the pedestrian fails to utilize designated street crossing areas. Jaywalking is very common in pedestrian accidents and this failure to utilize the crosswalk can not only lead to pedestrian accidents but also have a negative impact on a potential claim since it can be seen as contributing negligence.
Understand the Statute of Limitations on Pedestrian Accident Claims
In general, Florida law provides pedestrian accident victims with four (4) years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Some claims, like those against a public entity (i.e. the State of Florida, a county, a city, a water district, etc.), may have a different statute of limitations. If you sit down with an attorney for a free consultation, you should ask about any relevant statute of limitations for your claim. Remember, only an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida can provide you with legal advice.
Where to Begin With Your Pedestrian Accident Claim
At Sibley Dolman, we have significant experience negotiating settlements and litigating cases for pedestrian accident victims. Your attorney must identify all potential defendants and claims, and then determine the best strategy for recovery based on the specific circumstances of your case. We understand that no amount of money can fully compensate you for your suffering, but we will work to achieve the best possible outcome. Florida law permits claims for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, prescription medicine, transportation costs, and future lost wages and medical expenses; and a jury can award punitive damages if the defendant’s insurance company failed to make a reasonable offer prior to trial. Unfortunately, pedestrian accident claims can sometimes take multiple years to resolve, and insurance companies have the resources to aggressively litigate for the duration of the case. Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney at Sibley Dolman today for your best chance at recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Cases Require Compelling Evidence
Many pedestrian accident attorneys offer a free, no obligations consultation. When you contact Sibley Dolman, we will be able to determine if we can represent you and/or your family. During your consultation, we will review the facts of your case, and help you to understand our contingency fee structure. Beyond acquiring your medical records and other essential evidence, we must construct an argument to show that your injuries were caused by the defendant in your case. Conducting a thorough investigation and submitting a reasonable demand to the insurance company is a complex process, and the company will only consider the offer if the evidence is well-organized and supports the victim’s claims. Our attorneys, who have represented pedestrian accident victims in personal injury cases many times before, have the experience that you need to convince the insurance company, or the court, that you deserve compensation.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
At Sibley Dolman, we help personal injury victims understand complex legal questions, such as:
- What are the effects of the accident on the victim’s health, mental state, and emotional well-being?
- How did the victim suffer as a result of the defendant’s negligence?
- How should the defendant have acted differently to prevent the victim’s injuries?
- How much of an economic impact could the accident have on the victim’s future, especially regarding future earnings and treatment for injuries?
We want to help pedestrian accident victims determine whether they have a valid claim. A trial is expensive, and litigating a personal injury case can cost both the victim and the defendant a great deal in court costs and attorney fees. Speak to an experienced attorney today to determine whether going to trial would be a good decision in your case, and to discuss the opportunity for settlement.
Don’t Try to Settle Your Pedestrian Accident Case Alone
Contact a North Miami Beach personal injury attorney today to determine if you have a valid pedestrian accident claim. Don’t expect the defendant’s insurance company to assist you during settlement, and even your own insurance company may not be working entirely in your best interest. To set up a free consultation with an experienced attorney, call Sibley Dolman at (305) 676-8154, or contact us online.
1820 NE 163rd St #306,
North Miami Beach, FL 33162