Were you or a family member injured in a pedestrian accident in Jacksonville, Florida? If so, a Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyer at Baggett Law can help you seek compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, and suffering caused by the accident.
Since 2012, Baggett Law has helped families throughout Northeast Florida get the money they need after an accident. We’re a husband and wife team with more than 34+ years of combined experience in complex litigation. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients by standing up to big insurance companies.
How Baggett Law Can Help After a Pedestrian Accident in Jacksonville
We know your life has been turned upside down by your accident. You’re likely to be facing life-altering injuries. If someone else is responsible for your accident, they should also be responsible for the financial consequences. We can help hold them accountable and fight for the money you deserve while you take the time you need to recover.
When you hire our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers, we can help by:
- Launching a comprehensive investigation into your case
- Identifying all potentially liable parties
- Calculating damages to include all of your losses
- Locating and interviewing witnesses
- Handling all communications with insurance companies
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Send an experienced trial lawyer to advocate for you in court, if necessary
We fight hard for the maximum amount of compensation possible. We’ve gotten substantial results for our clients by taking difficult cases to trial. We’re highly trained in all stages of litigation, so we’re never afraid to go to court.
That means we’ll never try to convince you to take a settlement that’s less than fair.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents in Jacksonville, FL?
Florida is a beautiful place to enjoy walking for exercise or as a way to get around town. Sadly, Florida is the most dangerous state to be a pedestrian, according to a recent study. Jacksonville ranks in the top ten among 100 most dangerous metro areas to walk, and Florida cities take 7 of the top ten spots.
According to the study, pedestrian deaths nationwide skyrocketed a staggering 45% from 2010-2019.
Pedestrians of course can get injured other than by a vehicle. But car accidents are often a major cause of injuries or deaths for people traveling on foot. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, one in four traffic deaths in Jacksonville from 2012-2017 involved a pedestrian.
Over the past few years, the number of crashes involving peds has gone up and down, but the number of deaths is on the rise.
In 2019, there were 515 crashes and 45 fatalities in Duval County involving pedestrians. That’s an average of nearly 1.5 a day.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were 405 motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians in Duval County in 2020. Those resulted in 45 deaths.
In 2021, the FLHSMV reported 424 pedestrian crashes through December 2. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, roughly 50 pedestrians had been killed as of December 13, 2021 in Jacksonville.
What is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
Each case is different. The best way to get a better idea of how much your claim could be worth is to come in and sit down with us to discuss what happened. Your personal story is important. We take care to understand every detail.
Many variables affect the value of a case, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The extent of any lost wages (past and future)
- Whether you’re expected to make a full recovery
- The amount of rehabilitation needed
- Whether you contributed to the accident
- The extent to which your family relies on your income
Many other factors could be at play. It all depends on the specific facts of your case. We devote our full attention and resources to developing a unique strategy just for you. We work hard to get you the maximum compensation possible.
What Kind of Damages Can I Get if I’m Injured as a Pedestrian?
If someone else caused your accident, you’re entitled to seek compensation for all damages related to your injuries. Damages are generally in two categories: (1) economic; and (2) non-economic.
Economic damages pay you for monetary losses, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Medical equipment
- Transportation costs related to medical treatment or rehab
These are typically direct expenses that you’ve either already paid or will incur in the future due to your injuries.
Non-economic damages are often what you might think of as “pain and suffering.” These compensate you for the ways that your injuries have diminished your quality of life.
Non-economic damages can include compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life activities
- And more
These damages are intensely personal and can vary significantly in each case. We rely on a trusted network of experts to help us get an accurate estimate of your future damages. It’s important to us that we put you in the best possible position to get the most from your case.
I’m Being Blamed For a Pedestrian Accident in Florida – Can I Still Get Money?
In most cases, yes. Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule. This means that if you were at fault, then your damages will be reduced by the portion of the accident caused by your own negligence.
Determination and apportionment of fault will be up to the jury or judge. Hiring an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney to fight for you can make a big difference in how much your award is reduced (if at all).
Insurance companies love to blame accident victims. The lawyers at Baggett Law have extensive experience in corporate litigation and are accustomed to dealing with big company tactics. They’ll fight back hard against any unfair blame to give you the best chance to get everything you deserve, even if you were partially at fault.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All of Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable. If someone gets hit by a car while walking, the results are often catastrophic, if not deadly. Other accidents involving pedestrians, such as slip and fall accidents, still often cause severe injuries.
We take into account all of your injuries when calculating your damages. It’s important to seek medical attention right away because many injuries may not be immediately visible.
Some common injuries from pedestrian accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Amputation injury
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Insurance policies exist specifically for times like this—when people are injured in an accident. There’s no justification for insurance companies trying to hold back on paying out the money they owe you.
What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents in Jacksonville, Florida?
Sadly, many pedestrian accidents didn’t have to happen. Most pedestrian accidents occur due to someone’s carelessness.
Most pedestrian accidents in Jacksonville are caused by:
- Distracted drivers
- Aggressive driving
- Poorly designed roads
- Drunk drivers
- Slippery floors
- Uneven or broken sidewalks
- Damaged carpet or tiles
- Negligently maintained sidewalks or parking lots
There are often multiple causes of an accident. It’s critical to identify all potential causes and parties. Anyone who contributed to the cause should have to pay their fair share for your injuries.
What is Negligence and How Do I Prove It After a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?
Negligence is the legal theory used in most personal injury cases. It’s the concept that everyone should act in a way that doesn’t cause harm to others. So when someone is unreasonably careless, they’re held financially liable for damages that they cause.
To prove negligence, you must prove each of its four elements:
You must prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence. This just means you have to show that each element weighs in your favor.
Proving negligence requires presenting compelling evidence to support your case, which could include:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Testimony from medical, economic, or scientific experts
- Toxicology reports
- Photos or videos of the accident scene
- Police reports
- Medical records
Each case is unique and requires its own tailored strategy. Proving negligence is rarely a simple task. And insurance companies always put up a fight when they’re being asked to pay what they owe you. Effective legal representation can significantly improve your chances of winning your case.
Baggett Law has years of experience handling difficult cases. Presenting a strong case during the pretrial phase can often convince the other side that they need to settle. But if not, we’re always prepared to take a case to court if necessary.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?
You’ll have to file a lawsuit for injuries within four years in most cases. Some circumstances, such as if a government entity is involved, might have a shorter deadline.
A wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of a fatal pedestrian accident.
It’s best to contact an experienced Jacksonville pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible after you’ve been hurt. There are often multiple strategies to consider for your case. So leaving plenty of time before the deadline gives you the opportunity to pursue all viable legal options.
Your Trusted Jacksonville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If someone’s negligence caused you to suffer a pedestrian injury, let Baggett Law help you get the money you deserve. Our Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyers offer you the personal attention and tough advocacy you need.
We’ve put tens of millions of dollars into our clients’ pockets over the years. We’ll put our experience, training, and knowledge behind your case to help you get the best possible result.
Call our Jacksonville, Florida law office today to set up your free consultation.
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