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Sarasota Pedestrian Accident Attorney

A pedestrian accident refers to a situation where a pedestrian, someone traveling on foot, is involved in a collision with a vehicle or another object. These accidents can occur in various settings, including crosswalks, intersections, sidewalks, parking lots, or residential areas. Pedestrians struck by a negligent driver can suffer injuries ranging from minor to severe, or they can even be fatal.

Unfortunately, pedestrian injuries and fatalities remain high. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2021, there were 7,388 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the United States. That is 20 pedestrians a day and 142 pedestrians a week. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 71 minutes and injured every nine minutes in traffic crashes in 2021 (NHTSA).

We know that no amount of money can erase the trauma of an injury caused by negligence. However, compensation can provide some peace of mind, closure, and financial support for your recovery. If you or someone you loved were injured or lost their life in a pedestrian accident, we want to hear your story.

Take the first step to justice by speaking with a Sarasota personal injury lawyer at Kogan & DiSalvo. We represent clients in Sarasota County and throughout the state of Florida on a contingency basis, meaning you pay no legal fees unless we win your case. Contact us today to schedule a FREE case evaluation.

What Are Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

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Even by taking appropriate precautions and following traffic rules and signals, pedestrians face the ever-present danger posed by negligent drivers. From distracted driving to speeding and reckless behaviors, the causes of pedestrian accidents vary and are impactful. A pedestrian involved in an accident can suffer catastrophic injuries, with consequences ranging from severe physical harm to emotional distress and hefty financial burdens.

Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Failing to Stop or Yield to Pedestrian Right of Way, including Crosswalks
  • Speeding or Reckless Driving
  • Disregarding Traffic Signals
  • Failure to Signal Turns
  • Intoxicated Drivers
  • Fatigued Driving

If a driver was guilty of any of these negligent behaviors, then they failed to adhere to the rules of the road, jeopardizing the safety of those around them. If you were injured by a negligent driver while on foot in Sarasota, Florida, you must take quick action and seek help from an experienced Sarasota pedestrian accident lawyer.

Protect Yourself from Your Insurance Company

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Insurance companies are quick to offer a low-ball settlement amount that may not be fair and fully cover the cost of your injuries and other damages. At Kogan & DiSalvo, our skilled pedestrian accident lawyers know how to combat insurance companies’ tactics and will fight for your rights. Our lawyers take an aggressive approach when dealing with insurance companies to secure the best possible compensation for our clients.

An attorney will review any settlement deal the insurance agency draws up and make sure that it covers the costs of all your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional distress, and rehabilitation costs.

Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident

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Taking immediate action after a pedestrian accident is crucial for a swift and effective recovery, both physically and financially. Here are several steps you should take to ensure your safety and protect your ability to recover damages that were caused by a negligent driver:

  • Get To Safety: Move to a safe location away from traffic and potential hazards. This ensures your immediate safety and prevents further risk of injury.
  • Call 911: Dial emergency services to report the accident. Provide information about injuries and the incident’s location.
  • Seek Medical Care: Prioritize your health by seeking prompt medical care. Even if injuries seem minor, it is crucial to get a professional evaluation to address potential hidden or delayed injuries. Documenting your injuries can also prove useful as evidence later in your claim.
  • Gather Information: Collect relevant information, including the driver’s contact details, insurance information, and any available witness contact information.
  • Avoid Admitting Fault: Do not discuss fault on the scene or with the other driver’s insurance company as this can be used against you later. Stick to providing factual information about the incident and wait for law enforcement to assess the situation and gather their report.
  • Document The Scene: If possible, document the accident scene thoroughly. Take photos and videos and gather any additional details that may be relevant to your case.
  • Seek Legal Advice: Consult with a pedestrian accident attorney to understand your rights and options. An attorney can guide you on how to proceed with a potential personal injury claim and protect your interests throughout the legal process.

How A Sarasota Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help

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Enlisting the support of a reputable law firm such as Kogan & DiSalvo can significantly affect the outcome of your case. Here is what a skilled attorney can do for you:

  • Thorough Investigation: Our legal team will conduct an exhaustive investigation into the circumstances of your pedestrian accident. This includes gathering evidence, obtaining witness statements, and analyzing relevant details to build a robust case on your behalf. We also collaborate with expert witnesses and professionals to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the incident, enhancing the strength and credibility of your case.
  • Legal Representation: Our experienced attorneys provide effective legal representation, whether through aggressive negotiations with insurance companies or in a court of law.
  • Comprehensive Understanding of Florida Laws: Our lawyers possess a deep and nuanced knowledge of relevant statutes, regulations, and case law on pedestrian accidents and personal injury claims. This understanding is indispensable for providing effective legal representation, significantly enhancing your chances of a favorable outcome.
  • Client Advocacy and Support: We understand the sensitive nature of these accidents and the impact they can have on victims and their families. At Kogan & DiSalvo, we provide comprehensive support for our clients throughout the legal process. We prioritize your needs, ensuring that you are informed, heard, and supported as we work diligently toward the best possible resolution for your case. We offer 24/7 support to address your concerns and answer any questions you may have.

Time is limited when it comes to filing these types of claims. According to Florida’s statute of limitations, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Failing to file within this period may result in the loss of your right to seek compensation. Do not hesitate to reach out to us and let’s discuss the details of your case.

Compensation for Victims of a Pedestrian Accident

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Injured pedestrians have the potential to recover compensation for damages, encompassing both economic and non-economic damages, provided they can establish that these damages resulted from another person’s negligence.

Economic Damages:

  • Medical Expenses (hospitalization, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation)
  • Lost Wages and Income (current and future earnings affected by the accident)
  • Property Damage (reimbursement for damage to personal property, such as clothing and accessories, may be included in the settlement
  • And more, depending on your unique situation

Non-Economic Damages:

  • Pain and suffering (physical and emotional distress caused by the accident)
  • Emotional Trauma and Mental Anguish
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Loss of Consortium (impacts on relationships and companionship)

Each case is unique, and a thorough evaluation is necessary to determine the appropriate settlement value. It is important to consult with a pedestrian accident attorney who can assess the specifics of your case and determine the appropriate settlement value that considers every factor and the extent it has impacted you.

Kogan & DiSalvo – Assisting Victims of Pedestrian Accidents in Sarasota, Fl

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If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident, the personal injury law firm of Kogan & DiSalvo is here to help ease your financial and emotional burdens during this challenging time. We are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of clients seriously injured due to the negligent or careless acts of others.

By choosing Kogan & DiSalvo, you can expect a committed and compassionate approach to your pedestrian accident case, backed by decades of successful settlements and verdicts for our clients. In the face of mounting medical bills and other related costs, our relentless pursuit aims to secure adequate damages for your pain and suffering and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

Connect with a dedicated pedestrian accident attorney in Sarasota by calling (561) 375-9500 or by filling out our online form. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.

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