Hudson Pedestrian Accidents Attorney
Pedestrian accidents occur all over the country, including right here in Florida. With a moderate climate all year long, it’s not surprising that the number of pedestrians grows each year. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian accidents rises along with the number of pedestrians. This is due to both distracted drivers and pedestrians. Accidents are not always the motor vehicle operator’s fault. In some cases, pedestrians actually cause the accident.
But what happens when a driver is at fault for hitting a pedestrian? Florida is a no-fault insurance state. How are pedestrians compensated for their damages when a negligent driver causes a collision? This is when you need a Hudson pedestrian accidents attorney. At Roman & Roman, our team of Hudson personal injury attorneys are ready and willing to help fight for the compensation you deserve.
How No-Fault Insurance Coverage Works in Florida
Drivers in Florida are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage that will cover themselves in the event of an accident. But what happens when a pedestrian is involved? A pedestrian can make a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance for their medical expenses and loss of earnings. Additionally, an injured pedestrian can make a claim against their own PIP coverage if they carry it as well. In the event the pedestrian is the one at fault for the accident, they would have to make a claim against their own policy.
If you are a pedestrian making a claim against the driver’s policy, you can expect them to immediately come back and say you were at fault, no matter what the actual circumstances were. This is another reason why it’s so important to have a skilled Hudson pedestrian accident attorney on your side.
What Happens When Your Injuries Exceed the Policy Limits?
In many pedestrian accidents, the injuries are serious, and therefore the damages exceed the $10,000 coverage provided under Florida PIP insurance. If a driver has bodily injury coverage under their policy, that may pay out as well. However, not many people carry bodily injury coverage.
If your injuries exceed PIP coverage, or are permanent in nature, you have the right to sue the at-fault driver directly. When you proceed with this process, you will need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver was negligent and caused the accident.
In order to establish negligence by the driver, you have to show that you were also obeying all traffic laws. You don’t want to be held liable if you were distracted while walking. A negligent driver can be held responsible if they were talking on their phone, texting, speeding, distracted by something else, or not obeying traffic laws.
How Can a Hudson Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help Me?
Pedestrian accident claims can be complex. If you were a pedestrian who was injured by a negligent driver, you need a Hudson pedestrian accident attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Roman & Roman today to schedule an initial consultation. Let one of our skilled attorneys review your case and explain your legal rights.