According to research from Smart Growth America, Florida is the most dangerous state in America for pedestrians – and it is not even close. In fact, based on nationwide rankings for 2019, eight of the top 10 deadliest cities for pedestrians are in Florida. Shockingly, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area is ranked as the single deadliest region in the nation, with 656 pedestrian fatalities occurring between 2008 and 2017.
Fortunately, if you or a loved one have been injured after a negligent pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
Here at Bogin, Munns & Munns, our accident attorneys know that injustice comes in many forms. The way we see it, nobody has the right to take you away from the life you love and the people who love you. If you retain a Kissimmee pedestrian accident lawyer at our law firm, our legal team can be in your corner throughout your entire proceedings.
Not only can we provide you with general legal counsel, but our accident lawyers also proudly offer numerous other legal services, including:
- Settlement negotiations
- Calculating damages and assigning case values
- Gathering evidence to help prove liability
- Providing litigation services in civil court
- Communicating with parties on your behalf
- And more
Perhaps most importantly, our pedestrian accident attorneys can help fight to protect your right to compensation while you focus on your recovery and your loved ones.
To get started with your free consultation today, contact our law office today at (407) 870-1919.
Recoverable Damages in Kissimmee Pedestrian Accidents
If another party is found liable for your auto-pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to recover two types of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are meant to encompass both economic and non-economic losses.
As such, examples of recoverable damages in pedestrian accidents include:
- Medical expenses, including rehabilitation services and long-term care
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished future income potential
- Ongoing treatments and accommodations for disabilities
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Mental anguish
- End of life care, funeral costs, and burial expenses (related to wrongful death cases)
- And more
To consult with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer serving Kissimmee, call 855-686-6752
Understanding Your Eligibility for Punitive Damages According to Florida Law
In accordance with Florida Statutes §768.72, some accident victims may be eligible to recover punitive damages. However, punitive damages are only awarded if you can successfully prove that your accident was caused by intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
Ultimately, Florida’s civil courts rarely award punitive damages. Instead of being awarded to compensate victims for their losses, punitive damages are designed to punish egregious offenders.
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Common Injuries Victims Suffer from Auto-Pedestrian Accidents
According to data from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), over 1,500 pedestrians suffered incapacitating injuries from traffic accidents in 2018. Additionally, nearly 3,500 pedestrians suffered non-incapacitating injuries that year, while thousands of other victims were unaccounted for.
Due to the heightened dangers in these types of accidents, your injuries may be life-altering. Common injuries include:
- Broken bones, commonly in the arms, legs, or midsection
- Lacerations or “road rash”
- Soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries, which may cause paralysis
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Back injuries
- And more
Calculating the Value of Your Damages in a Pedestrian Accident Claim
To the average person, determining the true value of your pain and suffering may seem confusing. You do not have to go through this alone. A Kissimmee pedestrian accident lawyer can be there to help examine your case and assign monetary values to your losses.
Here at our law firm, we have spent 40 years representing accident victims all over Central Florida. Along the way, our injury attorneys have determined multiple methods for assigning values to both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Documenting medical expenses and calculating your future costs.
- Estimating the cost of repairs for your property damage.
- Gathering evidence of your lost wages and using relevant data to determine the long-term impact of your diminished earning capacity.
- Reaching out to medical professionals, financial experts, and industry specialists to add context to your ailments.
- Calling upon the testimony of you and your loved ones to help quantify your mental anguish.
- Adding up your economic losses and multiplying them to help represent your intangible hardships.
- And more.
To learn more about determining your pedestrian accident case value, contact a member of Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (407) 870-1919 to receive your free consultation.
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Florida’s Comparative Fault Laws
According to Florida Statutes §768.81, you may still be eligible to recover damages even if you contributed to your accident. However, under the concept of contributory fault, your final settlement may be reduced proportionate to your overall responsibility – including any economic and non-economic damages you are awarded.
After examining the evidence presented by both sides, the court will assign a percentage of fault to each party. After this percentage is handed down, your settlement may be reduced accordingly.
- If you are awarded $100,000 in a settlement, but the court determines that you were 40% liable for your accident, your final settlement may be reduced to $60,000.
Contact Our Kissimmee Pedestrian Accident Attorneys for Help Today
When you retain a Kissimmee pedestrian accident lawyer, you can rest easy knowing that a team of attorneys is working on your case. Our law firm has proudly represented victims in Central Florida since 1979 and we look forward to fighting injustice for years to come.
With our attorneys by your side, we will help keep you updated on your case as it progresses through our legal system. That includes keeping you up to date on any impending deadlines.
As such, you should know that Florida Statutes §95.11 places a four-year statute of limitations on most personal injury claims, beginning on the day your injuries first occurred. If you do not file within this timeframe, your case may be dismissed.
To learn more about the legal options that may be available to you, contact a Bogin, Munns & Munns team member today at (407) 870-1919 to receive your free consultation.