Whether you were hit by a car, truck, semi truck, Uber, motorcycle, or some other vehicle, you may need to seek the help of an Orlando pedestrian accident attorney to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. At our law firm, we offer free legal consultations, and we’re happy to discuss your case with you and talk you through your options. All you have to do is schedule your consultation through our website, or you can call us at (321) 352-7588 and schedule your consultation by phone.
Why Pedestrian Accident Victims in Florida Should Consider Hiring an Orlando Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Of course, you’re not required to hire an attorney after any accident, and this includes pedestrian accidents. However, the best way to protect the value of your claim and make sure your rights are protected is to hire an attorney. Insurance companies are aggressive, and their entire business model is based on taking money in and paying out as little as possible. Therefore, from the moment you suffer injuries in a pedestrian accident, the insurance companies will be doing everything they can to minimize the value of your claim.
For example, if you were walking through downtown Orlando, Florida and were hit by a car speeding through a yellow light. The insurance company will try to blame the accident on you. They may say you ran out in front of the car or that you were walking across the street when you weren’t supposed to. We have dealt with this many times, and we know how to fight them and get you the money you deserve.
The driver is also going to try to blame you for the pedestrian accident. Whoever was driving the vehicle when it hit you is going to try to convince a jury that you were at fault, or at least that you were partially at fault. That way, whatever compensation you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault under Florida’s pure comparative fault rules. If the driver can convince a jury that you were 50% at fault for the pedestrian accident, then you are only entitled to 50% of your compensation. This could be devastating for you and your family if you have medical bills and missed work as a result of your injuries. Accordingly, you should consider hiring an Orlando pedestrian accident lawyer to help you get all the money that you are entitled to.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Orlando, Florida
Sometimes, a pedestrian accident is nothing more than a bump, and nobody suffers any injuries. However, other times, pedestrian accidents can be life altering and can cause permanent and debilitating injuries, even brain injuries. If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of your pedestrian accident, you speak with an attorney before you speak to an insurance adjuster or accept a settlement for your injury claim. Here are some of the types of pedestrian accident situations that we believe warrant getting an attorney involved:
- As a result of your pedestrian accident, you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- The pedestrian accident caused permanent injuries or disability;
- You suffered serious and permanent scarring or other permanent aesthetic injuries;
- You have thousands of dollars in medical bills, including bills for physical therapy or chiropractic treatment;
- The other party or its insurance company is blaming you for the accident;
- An insurance adjuster is trying to get you to sign something or give a recorded statement;
- An insurance company is asking you to sign a medical records release;
- An insurance company is offering you a settlement (likely a fraction of what your case is worth);
- The driver that hit you was driving a government vehicle, semi truck, Uber, garbage truck, dump truck, or other commercial vehicle.
When you’ve been hit by a vehicle, regardless of what type of vehicle hit you, you need to focus on your recovery while your lawyer handles the insurance companies. You also need a lawyer that can get out there and perform a proper investigation to make sure you get every dollar you deserve for what happened to you. We know what your injuries are worth, and we can help protect your rights and make sure the insurance company doesn’t step in and take advantage of you. Our job is to fight the insurance company to make sure they don’t minimize your claim.