Countless families and communities are torn apart every year by pedestrian accidents. While these senseless accidents continue to be commonplace throughout Central Florida, laws are in place to help punish offenders and compensate victims, hopefully leading to safer roadways in the future.
Accordingly, if you have suffered injuries after a pedestrian accident caused by another’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation under Florida law.
Bogin, Munns & Munns knows the legal world can seem confusing to the average victim. After all, you probably have many more important things to worry about after such a serious accident. That is why our firm can handle your legal proceedings while you focus your energy on your loved ones, your passions, and your recovery.
Above all else, a Cocoa pedestrian accident lawyer can offer peace of mind during such uncertain times.
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Recoverable Damages in Cocoa
According to Florida Statutes §768.81, you can recover damages for your losses as long as you were not 50% or more responsible for your accident. However, if the court determines that you were partially at-fault, your final settlement may be reduced proportionate to your level of liability.
Ultimately, recoverable damages can address many different hardships in your life, including:
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning potential
- Medical costs
- Property damage
- Extended care and accommodations for permanent disabilities
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Punitive damages (which are designed to punish exceptionally reckless offenders).
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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Cocoa
Although you can certainly be at fault for your own pedestrian accident, most such incidents are caused by negligent drivers. Most commonly, pedestrian accidents occur when a driver is not paying close enough attention to his surroundings, often due to external distractions or general inattention.
Ultimately, the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving, including texting behind the wheel
- A lack of visibility
- Left turns at crosswalks and intersections
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to maintain lane
- Improperly maintained roadways
- Speeding or driving too fast for weather conditions
- Failure to check mirrors before turning or backing up.
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Common Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
Due to the traumatic nature of pedestrian accidents, your injuries may affect every area of your life. Fortunately, the extent of your injuries can be factored into your overall case value, allowing you to seek justice for your pain and suffering.
Ultimately, the most common injuries in pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Injuries to the lower back.
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Insurance Requirements for Drivers in Cocoa
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), drivers in Cocoa must maintain at least $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL) coverage and $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP).
However, these basic amounts of coverage can be much higher for people who drive for a living. For example, taxi drivers must maintain $125,000 in bodily injury liability (BIL) coverage per person, up to $250,000 per accident. Additionally, they must have $50,000 in PDL insurance.
While these minimum insurance requirements may make it easier for you to recover your losses, you can still file claims against uninsured or underinsured drivers.
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Calculating the Value of Your Pain and Suffering
When your case involves a considerable amount of pain, hardship, and trauma, determining the true value of your losses may seem overwhelming. At Bogin, Munns & Munns, we have used many methods over the years to help calculate damages and assign case values, including:
- Adding up your current financial losses
- Estimating the losses you will face in the years to come
- Gathering proof of your current medical diagnosis and documenting the long-term implications of your injuries
- Studying relevant legal statutes
- Calling upon industry experts to help evaluate your case, including economists, psychiatrists, and medical professionals
- Determining how your losses affect your quality of life
- Reviewing relevant legal precedents
- Cataloging victim impact statements.
However, even after so many years of practicing personal injury law, assigning monetary values to your mental anguish is always challenging – especially when you have suffered substantial trauma. To help overcome this conundrum, a Cocoa pedestrian accident lawyer may decide to use the multiplier method.
As a base level, the multiplier method involves assigning a number to your case between 1.5 and 5, which represents the severity of your suffering. After a numerical value is established, we can multiply this number by your economic losses, thereby assigning a tangible value to your intangible hardships.
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Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Fighting for Victims in Cocoa
Bogin, Munns & Munns, has proudly fought injustice in Central Florida since 1979. If you decide to retain a Cocoa pedestrian accident lawyer at our firm, our attorneys can be there for you and your family throughout your entire proceedings, fighting for your rights every step of the way.
Ultimately, pedestrian accident claims can present many unique challenges. To help represent your case to the best of our ability, our firm offers a variety of legal services, including:
- Calculating your economic and non-economic damages
- Providing legal counsel throughout your proceedings
- Fighting for your rights during settlement negotiations
- Investigating your accident and gathering evidence to prove liability
- Communicating with parties on your behalf
- Dealing with insurance providers and examining policies.
Yet, no matter how hard we fight for your case, some things are out of our control.
According to Florida Statutes §95.11, there is a general four-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Cocoa, beginning on the day of your injuries. As a result, if you fail to file a claim within this timeframe, your fight for justice may be over before it even begins.
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