Early Friday morning, an SUV was driving on NE 148th Street and West Dixie Highway in Miami. Then SUV hit a pedestrian and then the SUV was hit by a Miami-Dade bus, according to the Miami Herald. The pedestrian and two of the people who were in the SUV were taken to the hospital. The two people in the SUV were actually airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center and the passenger was taken to Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, as reported by the Miami Herald.
Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Recover for You
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Florida pedestrian accidents can result between a pedestrian and a truck, car , bus , bicycle or any other vehicle on the road. Pedestrian accidents may be caused by the negligence of the driver or pedestrian or by unsafe road conditions. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident anywhere in South Florida or the Tampa area, the experienced attorneys at Wolf & Pravato can help you to understand what your options are for recovering damages.
How Do Florida Pedestrian Accident Cases Work ?
Florida pedestrian accident cases are generally governed under tort laws. This means that to recover compensation for a pedestrian accident, you must prove there was negligence involved on the part of the person responsible. In some cases, if you believe your accident was caused by hazardous road conditions, there will be additional requirements as well as limitations on when and how you may sue the authorities responsible for road maintenance.
Proving negligence in most pedestrian accident cases involves showing that the driver who caused the Florida auto accident breached his duty of care and did not behave as any reasonable driver would have on the road.
It is the suing party’s burden to prove that negligence occurred, using things like police repots, expert testimony and photos from the accident scene. An experienced Florida auto accident attorney can help you to gather the necessary documentation and proof you need to successfully make your case.
Damages in Florida Pedestrian Cases
Florida has imposed no fault rules for Florida car accidents, which means that your damages and recovery may be limited unless your injuries fall within exceptions. Injuries that fall within exceptions include those that are very serious, those that lead to death, and those that are life long, debilitating or disabling. Disfigurement can also be considered to be a serious injury under Florida no-fault rules.
When your Florida auto accident injuries are not considered serious enough to allow you to recover outside of the no-fault system, you are limited to collecting damages for medical bills and lost wages. These damages will come from personal injury protection (PIP) coverage if you or someone in your home is insured. The responsible driver’s PIP coverage can also pay your damages in a pedestrian accident if you are not covered under any other PIP policies.
Ft. Lauderdale car accident attorneys, Fort Myers auto accident lawyers and other South Florida car accident attorneys understand these no-fault rules and can help you to make your claim.
Serious Florida Car Accident Injuries
When your Florida car accident injuries are serious enough, you may collect additional damages for your pedestrian car accident, including compensation for pain and suffering. These damages can be obtained through an out-of-court settlement or through a lawsuit brought by a Florida trial attorney specializing in car accidents and personal injury cases .
Getting Legal Help
The experienced lawyers at Wolf & Pravato have helped many Florida pedestrian accident victims to obtain justice. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact Wolf & Pravato for a consultation to learn what your legal rights are.