Wesley Chapel Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Florida has a reputation as one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. This reputation is well-earned. According to state statistics, Florida saw a staggering 8,117 pedestrian accidents in 2020, which resulted in 715 deaths and over 6,300 injuries.
Motorists must use reasonable care when driving, but too many are distracted, impaired, or careless. To check whether you can obtain compensation for your injuries, contact a Wesley Chapel pedestrian accident attorney at Moore Law today. We provide free case reviews to those injured in an accident.
Serious Pedestrian Injuries
Human beings are incredibly vulnerable when out walking. Unlike the occupant of a motor vehicle, a pedestrian has no buffer between their bodies and a vehicle striking them. Instead, they absorb the full force of the blow and can be thrown yards down the road.
Our clients come to us with some of the most horrifying injuries imaginable, including:
- Brain injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Abrasions, such as “road rash”
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
It is not unheard of for pedestrians to be killed in collisions. Indeed, Pasco County experienced 23 pedestrian fatalities in 2020.
Obtaining Compensation Can Be Harder than Necessary
Pedestrian accident injuries often send people to the hospital where they need emergency medical treatment, sometimes even surgery. Injuries typically require months of recovery, and many victims miss out on work as they struggle with the pain and bodily limitations caused by the accident. For these reasons, accident victims contact us asking the best way to receive compensation.
The first step is to use your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. All motorists must carry a PIP policy with a minimum $10,000 limit. Even though you weren’t driving at the time, you can still use PIP benefits, which cover medical care and lost income, regardless of fault.
If you don’t have a PIP policy, check if someone in your house does. You might be covered by a parent’s or spouse’s PIP policy, in which case you can make a claim on it.
What happens if no one in your house has coverage? In certain situations, you could make a claim on the driver’s policy. Doing so can get immediate medical bills paid and ease some of the financial pressure.
Unfortunately, $10,000 in coverage does not go far given the exorbitant cost of medical treatment. Many people suffer much more in losses, which means they need to find another way to get compensated. Suing the driver in a negligence suit is one option to discuss with a lawyer.
Moore Law Has Represented Many People Injured in Wesley Chapel Pedestrian Accidents
Instead of negotiating with an insurer on your own, get experienced legal help. Our legal team takes a detailed approach to each case, asking how we can maximize our client’s compensation following a bad accident. Give us a call to schedule a consultation if you would like to learn more.