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Pedstrian Accident Lawyer in Clearwater, FL

Clearwater is bustling with residents and tourists enjoying the city and the beaches. But too often, these people become victims of a pedestrian accident.

People can suffer injuries or even death in a Clearwater auto pedestrian accident. These accidents happen when a vehicle ignores the rules of the road and hits a pedestrian. These incidents are too common and life-changing.

In Clearwater, in accordance with the Florida law, a pedestrian is simply defined as someone on foot. Both Clearwater pedestrians and drivers have the legal obligation to exercise safe conduct on sidewalks and roads. However, a person unprotected by a vehicle will suffer the most damages in a car pedestrian accident. The long road to recovery can mean lost wages and mounting medical bills.

In pedestrian accidents, Clearwater families and victims have legal options. Dennis Hernandez & Associates can assist those in Clearwater. We will help you seek compensation you deserve.

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Injuries Caused by Pedestrian Accidents

Clearwater pedestrians and drivers can both suffer injuries in the event of an accident. Injuries range from fractures and broken limbs to brain and head injuries. In some cases, loss of life can occur. Both parties can experience emotional distress after an accident, including PTSD.

After an, seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should do this even if you don’t see any external damage. Medical bills and Clearwater records can also become important components to building a legal case.

Common Causes

Clearwater pedestrian car accidents can result from various factors. Every situation is different. However, common causes include:

  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Speeding
  • Failure to follow road and traffic signs

Liability in Pedestrian Accident Cases

Drivers are liable for driving safely whenever pedestrians are present.

A Clearwater driver’s license holds you to certain standards of awareness and respect for the rules of the road. This include accepting you are responsible for your conduct on the road and driving safely. If a driver ignores those rules and causes a pedestrian injury, drivers can be liable.

Contributory Negligence

The term “contributory negligence” means the actions of both parties resulted in the accident.

In a Clearwater accident, this might result from a failure to follow traffic signals. An example would be if a driver were speeding and did not yield at a crosswalk. At the same time, a pedestrian might also have crossed against the light. This is a case of contributory negligence. In Clearwater, this might translate to diminished damage compensation.

Determining Damages

In any case, it can be hard to determine what damages you can claim. This is why you need a Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyer. The team at Dennis Hernandez can help recover costs, like property damage and medical bills. We can also help secure compensation for damages like emotional trauma.

If your accident resulted in injuries that prevent you from working, contact us. Our Clearwater team can help determine what your case is worth.

Why You Need a Pedestrian Accident Attorney

The Clearwater legal system is difficult to navigate. There are emotional, financial, and physical tolls involved in a pedestrian accident. Our team at Dennis Hernandez & Associates is here to get you the justice you deserve.

Our team can help you navigate the complex realm of Clearwater insurance and law. A pedestrian accident attorney can help determine how much you’re owed. We will represent you in court against the big insurance companies. Our experienced team is dedicated to supporting you and your family during a difficult situation.

Consult an Experienced Attorney

Recovering from a collision is a painful, difficult process. We have the experience to help Clearwater victims get compensation. Contact Dennis Hernandez today to talk to an expert pedestrian injury attorney.

After calling law enforcement and ensuring that all parties involved in an accident are medically attended to, the next steps are critical to a successful personal injury case. For vehicular accidents, we recommend following these steps:

Document the scene:

  • Take as many photos as possible as soon as possible. If you don’t have a camera or smartphone handy, ask someone on the scene if you can use theirs.
  • Take photos of all of the vehicles involved from several angles.
  • Take photos of the area surrounding the accident, including the roadway, street signs and traffic signals, if applicable.
  • Take photos of any visible injuries you or any of your passengers may have sustained.
  • In addition to damage to vehicles, take photos of any property that was damaged in the accident.

Gather information:

  • Write down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Ask the other driver if he or she owns the car or if it is owned by someone who is not at the scene.
  • Ask for the name of the insurance company that covers the other driver’s vehicle.
  • Ask the responding law enforcement officer how soon the accident report will be available to you and where you must go to get it.
  • Should the officer indicate that a report will not be written, ask for his or her name and badge number to be used as contact information.

Get contact details from witnesses:

  • Try to get contact information from all witnesses before they leave the scene. Do not ask witnesses for statements—your personal injury attorney will contact them if needed.
  • If there were no witnesses in close proximity to the accident, make note of any nearby businesses or homes and provide this information to your attorney.  

After the accident:

  • If you received any medical treatment, gather contact information for the hospital or emergency room where you were immediately treated, as well as from physicians and/or therapists who may have treated you in the days following the accident.
  • Retain all documents in a safe place. These may include:
    • The police accident report
    • Insurance policies and any communications from insurance companies
    • Medical bills from hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, testing facilities, etc.
    • Correspondence from the other driver or any witnesses
    • Receipt for repairs to property that was damaged as a result of the accident
    • Pay stubs or other proof of wages that were lost as a result of the accident

Claim Timeline

Each case is as unique as the individual who has been injured in an accident, but there are some steps that are typically taken. Your accident injury case may include these and other events:

Your recovery period: This initial stage starts at the moment you are injured and lasts until your doctor states that your condition cannot be further improved in a medical setting with care provided by medical professionals. This point is referred to as maximum medical improvement (MMI). When you are at this point, any health issues you have going forward are considered to be permanent.

Submission of documents: This is when information is submitted to your insurance company, including but not limited to your medical bills and proof of lost wages.

The negotiation period: An insurance adjuster reviews all of the submitted information, then makes a settlement offer. If your Sarasota personal injury lawyer determines that this offer is insufficient, a counter offer will be made.

Litigation: When an agreement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial. Keep in mind that the majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of court.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

Even though each case is unique, Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA strives to fully compensate every client for his or her injuries, lost wages and property damage.

Car Accident

$1,799,999

Litigant was in the middle car which was rear-ended and caused him to strike the vehicle in front of him.

Equestrian

$1,000,000

6-year-old fell out of carriage on a horse-and-carriage ride at a Hilton Hotel Property causing a broken leg.

Car Accident

$1,400,000

T-bone collision. Defendant contested liability stating he did not run red light. Three level neck fusion surgery.

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