A pedestrian accident can leave you in critical physical, emotional, and financial conditions. This is why you must take immediate action to seek the compensation that you rightfully deserve, and overall, justice. Continue reading to learn what steps you should take after being made a victim of an accident and how an experienced Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A., walk stand by your side throughout the process.
What causes pedestrian accidents to occur in the state of Florida?
Like most auto accidents, pedestrian accidents are commonly caused by the negligence of a driver on Florida roads. Below are examples of such negligence that can lead to an accident and injury:
- Reckless driving, such as speeding and ignoring crosswalks, traffic lights, and traffic signs.
- Distracted driving, such as using electronic devices.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Driving while tired or fatigued.
However, there are times when a pedestrian accident is not due to a driver, but rather due to an outside condition. Examples read as follows:
- Dangerous weather conditions, such as snow or ice.
- Obstructed visibility, such as overgrown foliage, parked automobiles, or inadequate overhead lighting.
- Potholes or otherwise uneven surfaces.
- Closed sidewalks.
- Construction sites.
What steps should I take after being injured in a pedestrian accident?
If you suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to file a PIP claim to cover your immediate medical bills and lost wages, among other economic damages. If you do not have car insurance, you should still be able to file a PIP claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance.
In addition, you must satisfy the burden of proof for your pedestrian accident injury claim. Meaning, you must have enough evidence that directly ties your injuries to the driver’s negligence. You will best achieve this by taking the following steps: Call the police. They will conduct a report and bring medical attention to the scene.
- Call 911: a police officer will conduct an accident report and call for an ambulance. Get a copy of this report afterward.
- Record the scene: take photos and videos of your injuries, damages, hazards, and the overall scene of the accident. Get similar records from any present witnesses.
- Collect contact information: ask the driver for their contact information and insurance information.
- Seek medical attention: go to the ambulance and also go to the hospital afterward. Get copies of medical documentation that states the origin and seriousness of your injuries.
- Reach out to a skilled Tampa auto accident lawyer: we will work to help you satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve, like surveillance camera footage.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Firm
Merricks Law Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip and falls, and more. Contact Merricks Law Group today.