As a city, Palm Bay has the largest population in Brevard County. Here, we experience a lot of vehicle traffic and foot traffic, as well.
Unfortunately, drivers are not always as aware as they should be of our pedestrians crossing the roadways. The results can cause severe injury or be deadly. If you or a loved one was hit by a car or truck, you need the aid of a local Palm Bay personal injury lawyer to help you get proper compensation.
What Can a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Palm Bay Do for You?
If you or someone close to you was in a pedestrian accident, you are experiencing a lot of grief. A qualified pedestrian accident lawyer can take some burden off. By providing legal expertise and building a legal case for you, he or she can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Being hit by a car, or losing someone in a pedestrian accident, can upend your entire life. You deserve compensation for the financial burden and for the emotional trauma you have been through.
In Palm Bay, Andrew Pickett Law can help. Andrew has dedicated his career to helping individuals just like you.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Palm Bay, call 321-503-4014
Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Palm Bay Offer an Initially Free Legal Consultation
Andrew will provide you with a free consultation to examine your case. When you meet with him, you should be prepared to share:
- When and where the accident happened
- Your recollection of the accident
- A police report of the accident
- The name and contact information of the driver and his or her insurance company
- Contact information for any witnesses
- Copies of medical records from the accident
- Copies of medical bills resulting from the accident
- In the case of wrongful death of a loved one, a record of funeral and burial expenses
- Any other expenses incurred as a result of the accident
Your recollection and the police report, most specifically, will help Andrew decide how to proceed. If you and he agree on the validity of your case, you can move forward.
At that point, he may also ask you to preserve your, or your loved ones, unwashed clothing from the accident including shoes that may reveal blood, rips, and tears that could strengthen your case.
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Our Palm Bay Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help You Prove What Caused the Accident
Proving fault is essential to receiving compensation. The fault does not have to be intentional. In fact, most accident cases are caused by negligence. And negligence becomes fault in the eyes of the law.
While they may not be aware of it, many drivers often engage in negligence. Other times they know their behavior is wrong but do it anyway. Examples include:
- Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing
- Driving while texting or talking on a handheld phone
- Looking in the mirror rather than the road ahead
- Speeding or traveling at a speed unsafe for current traffic
- Making an incomplete stop at a stop sign
- Breaking other traffic laws
- Driving under the influence
Pedestrians Are Not Always the Victims
It isn’t just drivers who can be negligent in a pedestrian accident. So can pedestrians through:
- Ignoring traffic lights
- Not looking before walking onto a roadway
- Texting while walking
- Walking while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
We often think in an accident involving a pedestrian it must be the vehicle driver’s fault. That is not always true, and, in some cases, the driver and pedestrian may share fault.
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What Is Shared Fault?
Shared fault is when two drivers, or in this case a driver and a pedestrian, both contributed to the accident. Shared fault is recognized in Florida through its comparative negligence law.
This law allows someone who is partially to blame in an accident to still receive compensation. Usually, this is the party that has less responsibility.
Say, for example, a pedestrian stepped out into traffic without checking for oncoming traffic and was hit by a car. The pedestrian may be considered 25% at fault for not looking when stepping off the curb. The vehicle driver would be considered 75% at fault for not seeing the pedestrian and hitting him or her. In this case, the pedestrian can seek 75% compensation for injuries.
What Compensation Should I Be Looking for?
As a pedestrian, you or your loved one may not have any property damages. But you could have sustained severe injuries, or you may have lost your loved one. You deserve economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages have a set price. They either involve payment of bills, reimbursement for bills, or economic loss due to the accident. Examples include:
- Medical bills incurred for injuries from the accident
- Future projected medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs for loss of a loved one
- Economic loss from being unable to work
- Future economic loss
- Permanent disability
But other factors do not have a set price tag.
Non-economic damages are far less tangible, but they are very real. Examples include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of a loved one through wrongful death
A personal injury attorney such as Andrew Pickett, who has dealt with past accident injury cases, can draw on his experiences when placing a cost value on non-economic losses.
Is There a Time Limit in Palm Bay for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
Yes, Palm Bay follows Florida’s statute of limitations which is four years. You have up to four years from the actual date of the accident to file your claim.
Choosing the Right Palm Bay Pedestrian Accident Attorney for You
First off, you need a lawyer located right here in Palm Bay, where your accident happened. You want a personal injury lawyer who knows Florida law and is familiar with the streets of Palm Bay. You also want someone compassionate yet will be forceful in seeking the compensation you need for the injuries and stress you have undergone.
Andrew Pickett has lived in Brevard County since the 1980s. He not only has a law degree, but also a master’s degree in law, which has helped with attention to detail, and as he says, it “gave me immense experience in analyzing complex statutes and case law.”
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Andrew Pickett has the education and experience to win cases, as you can see from the awards he has won for his clients. For your pedestrian accident case, contact Andrew Pickett Law today! You will be glad you did.