According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), over 5,000 Floridians were injured in pedestrian accidents in 2018. Victims of these senseless acts should not have to carry the financial burden of their injuries and other damages. If another party caused your pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses.
Here at Bogin, Munns & Munns, our attorneys help guide victims of negligence through Florida’s personal injury process. Whether you are looking to file an insurance claim or you wish to bring a lawsuit against the responsible parties, we can be there for you every step of the way. When you retain a Leesburg pedestrian accident lawyer at our firm, we can provide numerous legal services during your fight for justice, which includes:
- Investigating your accident and determining liability
- Assigning monetary values to your losses
- Offering legal advice
- Negotiating settlements
- Representing your case in civil court
- Examining insurance policies and communicating with insurers
To learn more about our services at Bogin, Munns & Munns, contact a team member today at (352) 728-3773 and receive your free consultation.
Pedestrian Accidents in Florida
While this may come as no surprise, Florida is statistically the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians. In fact, nationwide research from Smart Growth America shows the staggering reality of this issue: eight of the top 10 deadliest regions for pedestrians are in Florida.
Accounting for pedestrian accidents between 2008 and 2017, these areas of Florida were among the most dangerous regions in America:
- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford: 656 deaths
- Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach: 212 deaths
- Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville: 165 deaths
- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton: 194 deaths
- Lakeland-Winter Haven: 162 deaths
- Jacksonville: 419 deaths
- Cape Coral-Fort Myers: 148 deaths
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: 900 deaths
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Recoverable Damages for Victims in Leesburg
Florida law allows for two types of compensation in personal injury claims:
- Compensatory damages: Covering any economic and non-economic hardships you have suffered
- Punitive damages: Awarded by the court to punish egregious offenders, thereby dissuading the public from committing similar offenses
While punitive damages are only awarded in exceptional cases, you may be eligible to recover several types of compensatory damages, such as the following:
- Medical expenses related to previous treatment and ongoing care
- Lost wages, benefits, and diminished earning potential
- Loss of companionship between you and your loved ones
- Mental anguish, including psychological trauma and lost hope for the future
- Property damage
- Accommodations for permanent disabilities
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How Liability Can Affect Your Settlement
Generally, the individual who displayed the most liability for an accident can be held financially responsible for the victim’s losses. However, liability is not automatically unanimous under Florida law. As such, the court may determine that several different parties share responsibility for the accident, even if certain individuals are excluded from the claim.
For example, a driver could be found 75% liable for your accident because they failed to yield at an intersection. Meanwhile, a negligent construction company could be found 15% liable because they built a sidewalk that was too close to the road. Lastly, you could be found 10% liable because you were distracted by your cell phone. This adds up to 100% liability split between three parties, with the driver being held accountable for your losses.
As described under Florida Statutes §768.81, being partially responsible for your accident does not bar you from receiving compensation. Even so, if the court finds you partially at-fault for your accident, your final settlement may be reduced proportionately to your involvement.
Here at Bogin, Munns & Munns, we understand the legal world can seem confusing. If you retain a Leesburg pedestrian accident lawyer at our firm, our attorneys can help investigate the root causes of your accident. Once we have gathered evidence on your behalf, we can fight for your rights as we present our findings to the court.
To learn more about liability in Leesburg pedestrian accidents and receive a free consultation, contact a Bogin, Munns & Munns representative today at (352) 728-3773.
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Premises Liability and Pedestrian Accidents
Assuming you are not a trespasser or uninvited licensee, you are entitled to a reasonable expectation of safety when you are on another person’s property—which may extend to sidewalks, parking lots, crosswalks, and similar areas. As such, a property owner may be liable if your injuries occurred under any of the following circumstances:
- Licensee by invitation: You were a social guest of the property owner
- Public invitee: You were entitled to be on the property as a public citizen, which aligns with the intended purpose of the property
- Business invitee: You were invited on the property to conduct business with the property owner
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Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Fighting for Victims in Leesburg
Here at Bogin, Munns & Munns, we have proudly served accident victims since 1979. Over 40 years later, our attorneys are still dedicated to fighting injustice in Central Florida.
If you retain a Leesburg pedestrian accident lawyer at our firm, we can be there to handle your legal proceedings while you focus on your family, your future, and your recovery.
One important consideration in your case is how long you have to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. In Florida, the statute of limitations for civil actions is no more than two years from the date of the accident or the date of death, depending on if you’re filing a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit. Failure to file by the statute of limitations could mean missing your chance to pursue legal action.
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have during your free consultation. To get started, contact a Bogin, Munns & Munns team member today at (352) 728-3773.