Pedestrian Accident Lawyers South Florida
Aggressive Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Protect Clients’ Rights in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Throughout South Florida
Pedestrian accidents can cause injuries that are often significantly more serious than those typical of more conventional car accidents. By virtue of the fact that pedestrians are unprotected from the strong metal exterior of a car or truck, they are naturally more vulnerable to severe injury when the driver of a motor vehicle negligently or recklessly operates the vehicle. Because the stakes are so high, a dedicated pedestrian accident attorney who will advocate on your behalf throughout the recovery process can be a powerful asset.
Many of our clients feel intimidated by the insurance companies or feel that they cannot pursue a claim for compensatory damages following a pedestrian accident because of their immigration status or a language barrier. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we emphasize the fact that any individual who has been injured by the negligent or reckless actions of another has the right to recover compensation. Attorney Charles Cartwright worked for insurance companies for over 15 years prior to establishing his law partnership with Attorney Adriana Gonzalez, and he understands the various scare tactics that insurance adjusters may use to minimize the amount they are required to pay following an accident. The Pompano Beach pedestrian accident lawyers at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we are here to stand up for your right to recover full and fair compensation after you have been injured in a pedestrian accident.
Elements of a Negligence Action in Pedestrian Accident Cases
The Pompano Beach pedestrian accident attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. are not only compassionate and dedicated to protecting fellow community members’ rights, but we are also extremely knowledgeable about the law. In order to help you successfully obtain compensatory damages in a negligence lawsuit after a pedestrian accident, we will strive to prove:
- That the driver was negligent, which may be established by showing that he or she was speeding, intoxicated, distracted, or generally driving in an unreasonably careless manner.
- That the driver’s negligent or reckless driving caused the accident.
- That the injuries to the pedestrian were a result of the accident.
Pedestrians are required to follow certain specified rules, including crossing the street while using crosswalks where available. In your pedestrian accident case, the insurance company may attempt to recharacterize the accident as one that was caused by you improperly darting into the road. We can challenge this characterization by evaluating the scene, interviewing witnesses, locating any security footage that may be available, and generally analyzing all of the facts and circumstances to find out what really happened.
Attorneys Gonzalez & Cartwright Understand the Severity of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Obtaining legal help following a pedestrian accident can be important. That is because Florida drivers are generally only required to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage. Even if the insurance carrier pays you the full $10,000 amount, it may not be sufficient to cover your medical bills following a severe injury. Negotiating with the insurance carrier can, in some cases, result in higher payment, as can pursuing a claim directly against the negligent driver who caused the accident.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients who use the roadways to walk to work, church, and friends’ and family members’ homes, or even for outdoor exercise. We emphasize the fact that you have rights as a pedestrian, even if the insurance companies make you feel as though your claim is less valuable because your car was not involved. We will put our experiences both inside and outside of the courtroom to work for you and help you obtain the best possible outcome in your pedestrian accident case.
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Our Pompano Beach attorneys will strive to help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled after a pedestrian accident, especially when your injuries were sustained through no fault of your own. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in South Florida, contact our offices at 561-264-8344 or toll free at 888-888-3903 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your legal rights following the accident. For your convenience, you can also fill out this online form, and we will contact you directly. We have our main office located at 813 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, as well as an office in Pompano Beach, Florida.
FAQ: I am not comfortable going to court. Can I still pursue compensation for my pedestrian accident injuries?
Absolutely. Going to court is expensive and can be invasive, so it is a last resort in many cases. We are skilled at negotiating outside of the courtroom to obtain a full settlement on behalf of our clients in pedestrian accident cases. In most cases, the insurance company does not want to go to court either. Once the insurance adjuster realizes that you have an experienced attorney protecting your rights, they are much more likely to negotiate a fair settlement.
FAQ: Where in South Florida do you handle pedestrian accident cases?
We handle pedestrian accident cases throughout all of South Florida including but not limited to:
- Palm Beach County Pedestrian Accidents
- Broward County Pedestrian Accidents
- Coral Springs Pedestrian Accidents
- Sunrise Pedestrian Accidents
- Plantation Pedestrian Accidents
- Jupiter Pedestrian Accidents
- Hollywood Pedestrian Accidents
- Pembroke Pines Pedestrian Accidents
- Pompano Beach Pedestrian Accidents
- Lake Worth Pedestrian Accidents
- Fort Lauderdale Pedestrian Accidents
- Boynton Beach Pedestrian Accidents
- West Palm Beach Pedestrian Accidents
- Boca Raton Pedestrian Accidents
- Delray Beach Pedestrian Accidents
- Wellington Pedestrian Accidents
- Miramar Pedestrian Accidents
FAQ: What if I was injured in a pedestrian accident while I was crossing the street but not in a crosswalk?
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that you may still be able to recover compensation from the driver if he or she was negligent – even if you also partially contributed to the accident by crossing outside of the crosswalk. In these cases, the degree of negligence on the part of the driver is compared to how negligent you were, and your right to compensation can be reduced based on the percentage of the accident that you were deemed to cause. A pedestrian accident lawyer with Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. can explain these rules in greater detail during your free initial consultation.