Many people who live in Florida’s more urban areas, such as Jacksonville, walk to get from place to place, usually without incident. Unfortunately, if you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you are most likely now severely injured and require financial compensation to help you get back on your feet again. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Jacksonville pedestrian accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward:
What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrian accidents can happen for any number of reasons, though unfortunately, they most commonly occur as a result of driver negligence. Some of the most frequent forms of driver negligence we see on the road today can include texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, and more. We also see these accidents frequently happen due to drivers ignoring traffic lights or signs and running through crosswalks where pedestrians are crossing.
How do I know if I am entitled to compensation after a pedestrian accident?
When people are injured in pedestrian accidents, they very often seek financial compensation to help their recovery. However, you will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. All parties are responsible for ensuring they act both safely and reasonably at all times, so if you were partially to blame for the accident, you may not win the compensation you need. That is why you need an experienced attorney on your side who can best represent your claim to win you the compensation you need. Some of the various forms of evidence our firm will work to obtain can include pictures or videos of the accident as it happened, witness statements corroborating your claim, police reports of the incident, and more.
Additionally, it is very important you receive medical attention immediately after your accident occurs. Not only will a physician treat your injuries, but he or she will also provide you with medical documentation detailing the extent and origin of your injuries, which you may use to prove your claim.
How long will I have to sue for being injured in an accident in Florida?
In Florida, there is a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. Rather simply, the phrase “statute of limitations” refers to the legally-acceptable window of time individuals have to pursue legal action against a negligent party for their injuries. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is generally four years, you will have four years from the date of your accident to sue a negligent motorist. If you wait any longer than four years, you will most likely be barred from suing, no matter how badly you truly need the compensation.