Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Picture it. You are out for a walk in downtown Miami. The bright sun is out, and the city is bustling, with energy. While you are out walking, you go to cross the street and BAM! A car blows through a stop light and hits you as you are crossing the street. You hit your head and you have multiple bruises and scratches. Who is responsible?
Miami is notorious for pedestrian accidents. In 2014, South Florida was ranked as the fourth most dangerous metro area in the United States, and when you consider the fact that Miami is not even one of the top 10 largest cities in the country, this fact becomes even more disturbing.
At Neufeld, Kleinberg& Pinkiert, PA, we know how devastating a pedestrian accident can be. Your injuries could lead to multiple hospital visits, which could mean some serious medical bills. Your injuries could also stop you from going to work, and without your wages, how will you pay your medical bills? Our attorneys understand just how detrimental it can be to go through a pedestrian accident, and we strive to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
There are multiple ways a pedestrian can be injured on the streets of Miami. If you have been involved in any of the scenarios below, give our law offices a call:
- Hit while crossing at a crosswalk
- Hit on sidewalk by a driver
- Hit by a bicyclist
- Hit while crossing the street (not at a crosswalk)
The nature of the accident will determine what type of compensation you will be eligible for. To discuss the finer points of your accident and whether or not you have a case, speak with an attorney at Neufeld, Kleinberg& Pinkiert, PA.
Compensation for Pedestrian-related Accidents
Any driver who hits a pedestrian in Miami is obligated by law to pay for any injury costs or losses that the accident directly calls. To cover these costs, drivers have what is called liability insurance. In the event that a driver does hit a pedestrian, their insurance is required to compensate the pedestrian for any monetary loses or, in the event that the pedestrian is killed, the family members.
Insurance companies must pay all of the following that apply:
- Medical bills or any medical costs related to the accident
- Any lost wages or income should you be unable to work
- Damages related to pain or suffering in relation to the accident
- Any emotional distress (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a result from the accident
- Wrongful death
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, do not think that you must pay for your own medical bills. You deserve to be fairly compensated for the pain and suffering you are enduring.
When you are first injured in a pedestrian accident in Miami, your medical insurance will first cover the costs of your injuries. Your medical insurance will then go to collect compensation from the driver’s car insurance company. If you are injured while you are working, you may also file for workman’s compensation.
Even though you were not driving, you can file a claim with your own car insurance company as well, assuming you do have insurance. It does not matter that you were not driving a car at the time of the accident.
As you can see, there are plenty of different avenues for compensation. It is not always easy to navigate how to go about getting compensation, which is why it is so important that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney. The attorneys at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA, can help you decide what is the best way to pursue your compensation and walk you through it every step of the way.
Drivers Without Insurance and Pedestrians
So what can you do if the person who hit you has no insurance at the time of the accident? This can often be a pedestrian’s worst nightmare, but you do have an option.
In many cases, you can go after the driver and sue for any other assets he or she may have. If the driver owns the car, a home, or any other major assets, he or she may be ordered by the courts to sell these assets in order to pay for your medical bills. However, if the driver has no insurance and no assets to speak of, then you may be out of luck.
When you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Miami, the last thing on your mind might be paying for your expenses. With all that you have to do, you need someone to fight for your rights to be compensated. Our law office has over 90 years of combined experience and will examine every aspect of your case to ensure that you get the money you deserve.